Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 15/05/2018. Attorney General has placed before the Apex Court the Action Plan for monitoring of all construction activities in Delhi and fixing of responsibility in case of violations of Master Plan, unified building Bye-laws and other illegal construction activities.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 24/04/2018 regarding Delhi sealing drive. Officiating Chairman of the Central Ground Water Board K.C. Naik has been requested to inform the Court the status of ground water level in 20 points in Delhi from the year 2000 onwards every five years including for the year 2017/2018 to understand whether there has been a depletion of ground water and in which area and to what extent.

Judgement of the High Court of Kerala in the matter of Elko Properties And Developers Private Limited Vs The District Geologist, Department of Mining And Geology, Thrissur District & Others dated 04/04/2018 regarding refusal on the part of Department of Mining and Geology to accept the application of the Elko Properties for issuance of transit passes, so as to extract ordinary earth for building purposes citing the necessity of an environmental clearance certificate.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M/S Goeal Ganga Developers India Pvt Ltd. Vs Union of India & Others dated 05/02/2018 regarding environmental clearance to a housing project at Vadgaon Budruk, Pune, Maharashtra.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of S.P. Muthuraman Vs Union of India & Others dated 02/11/2017 regarding compliance by SSM Builders and Promoters on issues of source of water, use of energy efficient devices, ecologically and environmentally sensitive areas, natural topography, drainage system, rain water harvesting system, parking areas and compliance to other municipal and environmental laws.

Some of the directions of the Court are the following:

The Government has put in place a new framework and an institutional structure for streamlining the environmental clearance for building and construction sector.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Society for Protection of Environment and Bio-diversity Vs. Union of India & Others dated 30/09/2016 regarding unified building byelaws approved by DDA being in conflict with the Notification of EIA, 2006.

National Green Tribunal directs the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to consider the objections of the applicant before issuing final Notification so that the unified building bye laws are not in conflict with EIA Notification, 2006.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Sanjay Sinha Vs State of Bihar & Others dated 16/09/2016 regarding Environmental Clearance for construction of buildings with built up area of 20,000 Sq. meter and above within the territorial jurisdiction of those ULBs (Urban Local Bodies), Patna, Bihar.

These bye laws shall be called “Unified Building Bye Laws for Delhi 2016” .These shall be applicable to the National Capital Territory of Delhi. These Unified Building Bye-Laws shall be applicable to the area under jurisdiction of the Delhi Development Authority and concerned local bodies.

Urban development minister released the model building bye-laws 2016, which aim to boost ease of doing business in the construction sector.