India’s proposal to include Great Indian Bustard, Asian Elephant and Bengal Florican in Appendix I of UN Convention on migratory species was unanimously accepted today at the ongoing thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in Gandhinagar.

The preparation of the State Action Plan for 2019-20 is aimed at achieving the desired outcomes under the key focus areas. The Empowered Committee (EC) has observed that the implementation of Rural Development Programmes had been outstanding in various States/UTs.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Aditya Singh Chauhan Vs State of Gujarat dated 06/02/2020 regarding discharge of untreated effluents into Sabarmati river from the CETP, Narol, Ahmedabad. The discharge was adversely affecting the environment and the inhabitants. The CETP is operated by M/s Narol Textile Infrastructure and Enviro Management. Report submitted by the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) acknowledged that the CETP was not meeting the parameters, causing pollution of Sabarmati river.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shankarlal Gopalbhai Patel Vs Union of India & Others dated 29/01/2020 regarding damage caused to the flora, fauna and ecology of the Kutch region particularly in Sangnara village, due to alleged rampant illegal felling of trees for construction of wind farms by M/s. Green Infra Wind Energy Limited, and seven wind energy companies.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Aryavart Foundation Vs M/s Jaytex Silk Mills & Others dated 21/01/2020 regarding industries like Jaytex Silk Mills in Bhestan, Surat discharging untreated coloured chemical liquid into Bhedwad Khadi through Surat Municipal Corporation drain which finally falls into Arabian Sea and is also emitting black and toxic smoke which is causing air pollution, injurious to the people living in the vicinity.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Ajitsinh Bhurubha Vaghela & Inhabitants of several Villages of Kheda Taluka, Distt. Kheda Vs State of Gujarat dated 17/01/2020 regarding controlling untreated industrial effluents discharged in Kharicut Canal which is a tributary of Khari River in District Khera, Gujarat. Illegal bore-wells are said to have been dug without permission of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) affecting the water level. Sewage from STPs set up by Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation was overflowing into the river.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Kandla Juth Machimar Sahkari Mandal Ltd. Vs Union of India & Others dated 16/01/2020 regarding violation of the condition of the Environmental Clearance (EC) pertaining to work of laying of pipeline in Nakti Creek, Gulf of Kutch.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Hasmkh R. Shah Vs State of Gujarat dated 14/01/2020 regarding use of wood as a fuel in industrial area, Dahod, Gujarat generating carbon iand causing pollution. Gujarat State Pollution Control Board inspected 16 units and submitted a report in October 2019 stating that 8 industrial units have neither obtained Consolidated Consent and Authorization (CCA) nor provided with Air Pollution Control Management (APCM).

Dugong (Dugong dugon), also called 'Sea Cow', occurs in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gulf of Mannar, Palk Bay, and Gulf of Kutch in India. These marine mammals are herbivores which spend their full life in the sea. They are the only extant species of the family Dugongidae.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Ramdevbhai Samatbhai Sanjva Vs State of Gujarat & Others dated 06/12/2019 regarding pollution of river Bhadar near Ahmedabad.

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