This week Kerala reported its third case of coronavirus, a student of a university in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the viral outbreak that has spread globally in less than a month.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of In Re: Report received from State Level Monitoring Committee, Kerala, constituted by this Tribunal vide order dated 16.01.2019 in O.A. No. 606/2018, headed by Justice A.V.R Pillai, former Judge of Kerala High Court, to oversee compliance of directions on the subject of Solid Waste Management dated 24/01/2020 regarding unscientific dumping of waste in violation of Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 (SWM Rules, 2016) causing huge pollution at Bharampuram solid waste processing plant on the outskirts of Kochi city.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of The Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority Vs Maradu Municipality & Others dated 13/01/2020 regarding Maradu flats demolition, Kochi, Kerala.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Southern Zone, Chennai) in the matter of Lawyers’ Environmental Awareness Forum (LEAF) Vs Government of Kerala & Others dated 06/01/2020 regarding air pollution especially vehicular pollution in Kerala. There was no policy formulation on the issue of curbing the use of diesel vehicles which are more than ten years old in the state, the application stated.

Despite Nipah virus outbreaks having high mortality rates (>70% in Southeast Asia), there are no licensed drugs against it.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of TVN Kutty Vs State of Kerala dated 21/11/2019 regarding brick kilns operating in Sree Moolanagaran Parchayat, Kochi, Kerala causing air pollution and affecting public health.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of State Level Monitoring Committee, Kerala Vs State of Kerala dated 20/11/2019 regarding legacy waste dumped at and around Bharampuram in the outskirts of Kochi City.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of the Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority Vs Maradu Municipality & Others dated 23/09/2019 regarding Maradu flat demolition, Ernakulum, Kerala. The SC expressed its dissatisfaction at the affidavit filed by the Chief Secretary of Kerala and said that no concrete plan has been made to undertake the demolition.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sanjeev S J, President, Environmental Protection and Research Council Vs State of Kerala dated 30/07/2019 regarding Environment Clearance (EC) for a construction project by M/s Draganstone Realty Pvt. Ltd. obtained by concealing facts about the actual built up area. Report from State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) said that EC was granted on June 2018, which has since expired and the new application is still pending.

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