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NGT slaps ₹10 crore penalty on builder for violating rules

Construction was started before obtaining environmental clearance The Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal has imposed an interim penalty of ₹10 crore on a builder for starting construction and handing over flats even before obtaining Environmental Clearance for the project. The bench comprising chairperson A.K. Goel, judicial member K. Ramakrishnan and expert member Saibal […]

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NGT Southern Bench starts functioning again

Tribunal to set up video-conferencing facility in different southern States The Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal once again witnessed hearings after nearly two years in Chennai on Monday. Justice A.K. Goel, chairperson, NGT headed the bench, along with Justice K. Ramakrishnan, Judicial Member and Saibal Dasgupta, Expert Member. “We are planning to hold […]

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Residents fume as plastic scrap burns in open fields

Illegal melting units too a menace A few minutes past midnight, a fire starts on a plot, fenced off with bamboo sticks, in the middle of a field in Kanonda village in Haryana. A mound of wrappers, spread over at least 150 sq m, is set on fire by five workers. As the flame spreads, […]

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Report sought on removal of encroachments from Badshahpur Fort area

Following a plea seeking restoration of green areas and removal of illegal encroachments from the Badshahpur Fort area in Gurugram, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the District Magistrate to furnish an action-taken report. The directions came after a report submitted by Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram, said that “some steps have been taken for compliance” […]

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NGT to DDA: furnish report on south Delhi lake rejuvenation

‘Conservation of waterbodies is essential for environment’ The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to submit an action taken report on the rejuvenation of the Neela Hauz lake in south Delhi. Stating that the conservation of waterbodies is essential for the environment, a Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice […]

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Tannery owners block highway to protest power disconnection in Kanpur

A day after the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) ordered the district authorities to disconnect power supply of all the 225 existing tanneries in the city, thousands of tannery owners and workers blocked the Kanpur-Lucknow highway for over eight hours to protest against the decision on Thursday. According to police, when they tried to […]

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Green nods eased in 5 years of NDA govt: Official data

Environmental clearance processes across industrial sectors have eased since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) assumed office, according to a compilation of official documents related to environment impact assessment (EIA) between December 2014 and January 2019. Industry bodies have welcomed the simplification of rules, documented in the compilation published by the environment ministry last Tuesday, but […]