Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Nuggehalli Jayasimha Versus Government of NCT of Delhi dated 20/05/2020 regarding remedial action for compliance of environmental norms by the dairies throughout India.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Subhas Datta Vs State of West Bengal & Others dated 18/05/2020 regarding non-compliance of the guidelines prescribed by the Central Pollution Control Board on handling, treatment and disposal of Bio Medical Waste of Covid-19 patient with specific reference to the Bio Medical Waste arising out of home quarantine in the State of West Bengal.

Status report in the matter of O.A. No. 46/2018, titled as Nuggehalli Jayasimha Vs Govt. Of NCT of Delhi in pursuance of National Green Tribunal order of January 24, 2020.

Idols made up of only natural, bio-degradable, eco-friendly raw materials without any toxic, inorganic raw materials [such as traditional virtuous clay and mud as well as free from Plaster of Paris (PoP), plastic and thermocol (polystyrene)] should be encouraged, allowed and promoted and Idols made up of Plaster of Paris (PoP) shall be banned.

The nationwide Lockdown, in effect since the midnight of 24 March in view of COVID-19 pandemic, has resulted in significant improvement in air quality in the country, as revealed by data analysis and comparison of data for time before enforcement of restrictions.

These guidelines are based on current knowledge on COVID-19 and existing practices in management of infectious waste generated in hospitals while treating viral and other contagious diseases like HIV, H1N1, etc. These guidelines will be updated if need arises.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued show cause directions to 31 units of 14 thermal power plants on 31.01.2020 for non-compliance of CPCB’s directions dated 11.12.2017 issued for ensuring compliance of emission standards prescribed by Government of India. According to Ministry of Power, there are 650 units (196667 MW) installed in the country, out of 650 units, 75 units (8304 MW) have been retired so far due to various reasons including environmental issues such as Badarpur TPS (Units – 1 to 5) of NTPC Ltd. and Rajghat TPS (Unit – 1 & 2) of IPGCL.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has carried out inspection for verification of compliance to the stipulated norms of 700 industries falling under the 17- category of highly polluting industries during the period 01.04.2016 to 04.03.2020. CPCB has reported that out of the 700 industries inspected, 342 industries were found non-complying. Under provisions of Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, show-cause notices/ technical directions to 159 units and closure directions to 181 units were issued for non-compliance.

As informed by Municipal Corporation, Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),a part of waste water (sewage) are being released into the Ayad river. At present, out of about57 MLD waste water being generated in Udaipur city, about 12 MLD waste water is going into the Ayad River. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in association with Rajasthan State pollution Control Board (RSPCB) is monitoring water quality of aquatic resources at 196 locations in Rajasthan including Udaisagar Lake under National Water Quality Monitoring Programme.

It is the responsibility of the State Governments/ concerned local bodies to set-up proper facilities for collection, transportation and treatment of sewage, for abatement of pollution of rivers and other water bodies.

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