Joint Committee Report submitted in reference to National Green Tribunal (NGT) Principal Bench, New Delhi order dated 27.01.2020. In the matter of Original Application No. 117 of 2014 (Shantanu Sharma Vs. Union of India & Others).

The NGT directed the Committee comprising of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Roorkee to asess the environmental damage with regard to the ash dyke breach sites at Vidhyanchal thermal power plant (TPP) and Essar TPP in Singrauli area in the year 2019.

Transboundary pollution in the surrounding provinces of Banten and West Java are major contributors to air pollution in Jakarta City. Air pollutant emissions both in Jakarta and in surrounding provinces have been increasing, worsening Jakarta’s air quality. Even with COVID-19, air quality in the capital city did not significantly improve.

The order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shivpal Bhagat & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 28/07/2020. The issue for consideration is the remedial action against pollution caused by the thermal power plants and the coal washeries in Tamnar and Gharghoda blocks of Raigarh District in Chhattisgarh, including M/s Jindal Power Limited, M/s Jindal Power and Steel Limited, M/s TRN Energy Private Limited, M/s Mahavir Energy & Coal Benefaction Limited, M/s. Hindalco Industries Limited and M/s. Monet Energy Limited, SECL.

Action taken report of the Committee submitted in reference to National Green Tribunal (NGT) order of June 29, 2020.

The matter related to the collapse of fly ash pond constructed by Reliance M/s Sasan Ultra Thermal Power Plant in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh on April 10, 2020. The report was filed on July 28, 2020.

Between 2020 and June 2020, several ash pond accidents have been reported across India. These accidents have caused deaths, extensive pollution of the water, air, soil and loss of property. Unfortunately, the public outrage associated with coal ash pollution remains limited to big disasters.

On 21 July 2020 the Water Tribunal upheld an appeal by groundWork of a water use licence granted to the proposed Khanyisa coal-fired independent power producer owned by ACWA. On 21 July 2020 the Water Tribunal upheld groundWork’s appeal to set aside the Water Use Licence, due to lack of adequate public participation.

Report by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board on fire accident at M/s Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL), Thermal Power Station-II, Ammeri Village, Virudhachalam Taluk, Neyveli, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu. The TNPCB report is dated July 6, 2020.

NTPC 3x660 MW (stage-I) Sipat Super Thermal Power Project in Village Sipat, Tehsil Masturi at district Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh report in compliance of National Green Tribunal order of February 27, 2020 in the matter of Rashmi Singh Vs NTPC Ltd. & Others.

The applicant had filed an affidavit before NGT in reference to the status report submitted by the Regional MoEF&CC Nagpur dated June 20, 2019 and alleged that there was non-compliance of the EC conditions by the thermal power plant.

Report of the Joint Committee constituted by the National Green Tribunal in Appeal No. 19 of 2017 in the matter of Social Action for Environment and Forest Vs Union of India & Others. The issue for consideration was the validity of Environmental Clearance granted for setting up of thermal power station by the THDC India Limited, at Khurja, District Bulandshahar, State of Uttar Pradesh. The Joint Committee comprised of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. 

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of R. Sreedhar Vs Union of India & Others dated 28/05/2020. The appeal was directed against an amended Environmental Clearance (EC) dated 03.09.2019 granted to M/s. Adani Power (Jharkhand) Ltd., (Project Proponent) by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), permitting withdrawl of water from the river Ganga for the proposed thermal power project at Godda, Jharkhand to be set up by Adani.

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