This Brief provides an overview of the new CAQM Act 2021, its strengths and limitations, and the path ahead for enabling airshed level governance in the rest of the country.

The Government of India on July 30, 2021 has issued the Bill of the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Act, 2021 which shall be applicable to the National Capital Region and also to adjoining areas in so far as it relates to matters concerning air pollution in the National Capital Region.

The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 was introduced in Lok Sabha on July 30, 2021.

Report by the Punjab Pollution Control Board on M/s Trident Ltd. (Towel Division and Paper & Chemical Division).

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), June 24, 2020 had directed the PPCB to act upon the recommendations of the Joint Committee.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Council of Engineers & Others Vs State of Punjab & Others dated 19/07/2021 regarding restitution of designated green belt in Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Ludhiana and stopping of its unlawful conversion into residential plots and by planting saplings of indigenous trees equal to twenty time the trees felled by the Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT). The application said that 54 trees have been illegally felled.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Yuva Mandal Sansthan Mithdiya Vs State of Punjab & Other dated 14/07/2021.

The applicant (Yuva Mandal Sansthan Mithdiya) requested that directions be issued to Punjab and Rajasthan to curb the inflow of industrial waste and sewage water into the Sutluj and Beas river and Rajasthan Feeder Canal and take appropriate steps to check, manage and control the noxious and hazardous effluents being thrown into water resources.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Lakhwinder Singh Vs State of Punjab dated 02/07/2021.

The issue for consideration is action to be taken for violation of environmental norms by M/s K.R.B.L. Ltd., Bhasaur, tehsil Dhuri, district Sangrur, Punjab, manufacturing rice, rice bran oil, furfural and other related products.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Harminder Singh & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 02/07/2021.

The matter is related to Omaxe Ltd and Omaxe Chandigarh Extension Developers Pvt. Ltd. setting up a residential complex project called ‘The Lake’ obstructing the natural flow of river Siswan by filling up and closing a part of it in village Bharoujian and diverting it to another place nearby in village Kansala, sub tehsil Majri, district SAS Nagar, Mohali.

The Commission proposes to notify Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (Grid Interactive Rooftop Solar Photo Voltaic Systems) Regulations, 2021 replacing PSERC (Grid Interactive Rooftop Solar Photo Voltaic Systems based on Net Metering) Regulations, 2015.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of H. C. Arora Vs State of Punjab & Others dated 30/06/2021 regarding illegal cutting of 176 fully grown trees in village Roshanpur, block Bhunar Heri, district Patiala, Punjab. The applicant had made a series of representations to the concerned departments, without any result.

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