The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MEFCC) on May 24, 2021 has rescinded the vide notification G.S.R.157(E), dated February 25, 2019 issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change which is regarding prohibition of new red clay brick kilns within 300 kilometers from coal or lignite based thermal power plants

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Amit Sorout Vs Central Pollution Control Board & Others dated 08/03/2021. Grievance in this application was against the operation of M/s. Mewat Bricks Co. and M/s. Bhai Bricks Co. in violation of environmental norms.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Utkarsh Panwar Vs Central Pollution Control Board & Others dated 17/02/2021.

Question for consideration is extending applicability of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), already applicable to Fixed Chimney Bull Trench Kilns (FCBTK), to other coal fired brick kilns, including those using ‘Zig-Zag’ technology in NCR during the period the air quality is ‘severe’, having potential for adverse health effects.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vikas Singh Vs Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board & Others dated 17/02/2021. The issue for consideration was the remedial action against illegal operation of brick kilns in district Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh where 600 brick kilns were illegally operating.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Bengal Brick Field Owner’s Association Vs West Bengal Pollution Control Board dated 05/11/2020.

The NGT in its order of August 6, 2020 had directed the CPCB and the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) to carry out a carrying capacity study in the state with specific preference to areas where the brick fields are concentrated within a period of three months. But the report has not yet been filed.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vikas Singh Vs Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board & Others dated 15/10/2020.

The issue for consideration was the remedial action against illegal operation of brick kilns in district Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh where 600 brick kilns were illegally operating. The Additional District Magistrate, Ghaziabad in its report September 14, 2020 has said that the brick kilns have been closed.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Amit Jain Vs Union of India & Others dated 10/09/2020.

The issue for consideration was the remedial action against cheap waste paper and the road sweep waste import for firing of brick kilns. According to the applicant, 900,000 tons of waste is imported which is hazardous.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Tapan Kanti Bera Vs West Bengal Pollution Control Board & Others dated 04/09/2020.

The matter related to illegal operation of a brick kilns in village Khamarchak, district Purba Medinipur, West Bengal in violation of the directions of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) dated June 27, 2017. All brick kilns were directed to convert to induced draft brick kiln (zig-zag brick setting). It was stated that the brick kiln had given a false impression that it had closed down, when actually it was not.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vikas Singh Vs Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board & Others dated 09/07/2020.

The issue for consideration is the remedial action against illegal operation of brick kilns in District Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh (UP) where 600 brick kilns were illegally operating. The applicant has alleged that all the brick kilns were located within 50 to 500 meters east or west of the village habitations resulting in cancer and asthma to 40% inhabitants.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Virendra Kumar Vs State of Punjab dated 02/07/2020 regarding illegal operation of brick kilns in Fazilka and Mukatsar Districts of Punjab with the collusion of a Government Officer.

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