The pandemic-induced lockdown provided a temporary respite to the citizens by reducing vehicular traffic, thereby significantly improving air quality, even dropping Air Quality Index (AQI) to well within National Ambient Air Quality limits.

Air pollution is a global environmental threat, and a cause of significant proportions of diseases and premature deaths. The threat is massive in India, which continuously fails to meet World Health Organization (WHO) standards and is home to 21 of the 30 most polluted cities of the world.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of In re: News report published in the Newspaper named Indian Express, Daily News Paper dated : 4th February, 2022, Kolkata, Late City Edition titled “Non compliance of EC conditions by Kulda coal mine, Odisha & Tamnar Thermal Plant, Chattisgarh”  dated 15/07/2022. 

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sajad Rasool Vs Union Territory of J&K dated 05/07/2022.

Grievance in the application by the applicant (Sajad Rasool) is against a group called ‘Kashmir Off Road’, an associate member of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, who are using heavy motor vehicles, cars on the green pastures of Nagin Valley, Gulmarg, Tosamaidan, Doodhpathri, Drung. It is submitted that movement of these sports cars in the pasture land is disturbing flora, fauna of the area and also causing noise and air pollution.

The Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR & Adjoining Areas (CAQM) has formulated a Comprehensive Policy to abate the menace of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, in a crucial step towards overall amelioration of the air quality of the National Capital Region (NCR) through differentiated geographical approach and timelines of action.

A report titled 'Environmental assessment of tourism in the Indian Himalayan region' by the  Govind Ballabh Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment (GBNIHE), Kosi-Katarmal, Almora was submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in compliance with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.

The study was carried out in relation to a statement made in Hindu newspaper, ‘Tourism has brought economic prosperity to the Himalayan region but the environmental cost has been catastrophic’.

A comprehensive new scientific review released by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) finds growing confidence in the links between several adverse health effects and traffic-related air pollution (TRAP).

Report by committee to the National Green Tribunal in Original Application No. 519 of 2016 (Hardeep Singh & Others Vs SDMC & Others) with Original Application No 496 of 2018, 196 of 2018 & 197 of 2018.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Ankur Sharma Vs Union of India & Others dated 11/04/2022.

The matter related to old vehicles like Ambassador cars playing on the roads in and around the vicinity of Kolkata and Howrah guzzling petrol/diesel fumes and adding to the worsening air quality.

The NGT directed the state government to file an affidavit within four weeks stating what plans it has framed for such Ambassador cars to bring them within the environmental regimen.

Order of the Supreme Court in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 22/03/2022.

Applications were filed for registration of vehicles used for public utility and essential services. Amicus Curiae stated that BS-VI diesel light and heavy-duty vehicles used for public utility and essential services may be permitted to be registered or in the alternative applicants can approach the Air Commission with a request for a registration.

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