Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Dinesh Chahal & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 06/02/2020 regarding validity of the order issued by the Director, Food, Civil supplies and Consumers Affairs, Government of Haryana, Chandigarh extending time limit for adoption of zig-zag Technology for running of the brick kilns beyond NCR area upto 31.07.2019, without any scientific study on carrying capacity for such activity and without any safeguards.

As per directions of the Central Pollution Control Board relating to installation of Online Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (OCEMS) for 17 categories of highly polluted industries, 4245 units were identified for installation of the system. Of these identified 4245 units, 3513 units have installed the OCEMS as on July 31, 2019.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone) Chennai in the matter of G. S. Mani Vs The Chairman, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Chennai & Others dated 30/01/2020 regarding air pollution in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

The NGT directed the government of Tamil Nadu to prepare a Comprehensive Action Plan (CAP) on the basis of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change (MoEF&CC) to meet the situation.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of S.K. Goyal Vs Chairperson, CPCB & Others dated 17/01/2020 regarding pollution by locomotive engines of the railways.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 13/01/2020 regarding steps to prevent air and water pollution.

The bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta passed a series of directions to contain air and water pollution plaguing Delhi NCR. The directions include:

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Lawyers’ Environmental Awareness Forum (LEAF) Vs Government of Kerala & Others dated 06/01/2020 regarding air pollution especially vehicular pollution in Kerala. There was no policy formulation on the issue of curbing the use of diesel vehicles which are more than ten years old in the state, the application stated.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Giriraj Parikrama Sanrakshan Sansthan Vs State of Rajasthan & Others dated 11/12/2019 regarding regulating traffic congestion in and around Giriraj Parvat and Parikrama Marg, Govardhan, District Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.

The Tribunal noted that the work with regard to ring road was not complete and a part of the work still remains. The same was with the case of service road of 10 meters wide around the Parikrama Marg, behind the existing houses and ashrams.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 04/12/2019 regarding environment protection of Taj Mahal. Among the various directions passed by the apex court are the following:

a. The Agra Municipal Corporation has been directed to submit the report (Environment Impact Assessment) of the waste to energy plant submitted by M/s Spaak Bresson Pvt. Ltd. to the NEERI.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 25/11/2019 regarding rising air pollution in Delhi NCR especially due to stubble burning and vehicular pollution.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Anurup Panda Vs Member Secretary, WBPCB & Others dated 18/11/2019 regarding adoption of Zig Zag technology by brick fields in the state of West Bengal.

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