Samarco, a joint venture between BHP Biliton Ltd and Brazil's Vale, should be punished but not closed over the 2015 collapse of a tailings dam that killed 19 people, Brazil's mining and energy mini

MUMBAI: Seventeen years after Noise Pollution Rules came into force, the Centre last week made changes to the law, putting a question mark over the fate of silence zones across the country.

Indonesian authorities have revoked or not renewed more than 2,100 mining licenses that fail to meet legal standards.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Central Zonal Bench, Bhopal) in the matter of CH Institute of Management and Commerce & Others vs. State of Madhya Pradesh & Others dated 11/08/2017 regarding requirement of consent to operate for poultry farms. As per the classification of CPCB poultry firms having less than 1 lakh birds do not require ‘Consent to Operate’ as per CPCB guidelines of 20.10.2015. Tribunal directs that the clarification of CPCB dated 19.07.2017 be filed before the Court.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) in the matter of Sarang Yadwadkar & Ors. V/s. Mrs. Anjali Dinkar Datar & Others dated 11/07/2017 regarding illegal construction and dumping of debris on the banks of the river Mula-Mutha, Pune, Maharashtra. The Irrigation Department has submitted that demarcation of blue line of river Mutha is complete and it is for the Pune Municipal Corporation to act upon the booklet giving longitudes and latitudes with reference to blue line (no-development zone) and remove the encroachments.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of M/s. Mehdad & Others Vs. Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change & Others dated 10/08/2017 regarding high tide line demarcation in relation to coastal area for the entire country.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kudrat Sandhu Vs. Govt. of NCT & Others dated 10/08/2017 regarding indiscriminate use and dumping of plastic waste, Delhi.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Gauri Maulekhi Vs. State of Jammu & Kashmir & Others dated 09/08/2017 regarding use of mules in Vaishno Devi shrine, Jammu & Kashmir. Counsel appearing for the Shrine Board submits that authorities are making all efforts to comply with the directions of the Tribunal for opening of newly constructed pedestrian way for Ardh-kuwari.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Pushp Saini Vs. Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change & Others dated 09/08/2017 regarding environmental flow of the rivers which should be permitted despite hydro projects. Counsel appearing for Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change submits that the Ministry has already completed river basin study of 6 river basins i.e.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Rohit Choudhury Vs. Union of India & Others dated 09/08/2017 regarding wildlife casualties due to vehicular movement on the National Highway-37 passing through the Kaziranga National Park. Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam submits that Wildlife Institute of India has made certain recommendations for improving the sensor barriers installed by the State of Assam. These will be followed and improvement thereto in consultation with the Wildlife Institute of India will be completed by 30th September, 2017 positively.

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