In order to deal with COVID-19 pandemic, State and Central Governments have initiated various steps, which include setting up of quarantine centers/camps, Isolation wards, sample collection centers and laboratories.

Report in terms of the National Green Tribunal order of January 9, 2020 in O.A. No. 295/2016 in the matter of Amresh Singh Vs Union of India. The report was filed by the NGT Monitoring Committee, Jammu on March 17, 2020. The matter arise from a complaint lodged by one Amresh Singh with regard to rampant dumping of soil in Chenab and Tawi rivers in the process of four-laning of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, NH-44 from Udhampur to Banihal, adversely affecting the environmental balance.

Action taken report by the Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB) in Original Appliction No. 144 of 2018 in compliance of National Green Tribunal order of July 27, 2019 in the matter of Arvind Baniyal Vs State of Uttarakhand. The matter relates to a waste disposal dump yard set up on the bank of river Khoh, village Ratanpur, Kotdwar, Uttarakhand. The report stated that the collected waste of Nagar Nigam, Kotdwar was disposed at Paniyali Talli, village Ratanpur.

Compliance of directions of National Green Tribunal in OA No 688/2019 and 908/2019 Aditya Jakhar Vs State of Haryana dated 27/11/2019. The  report was uploaded on March 5, 2020. The matter relates to prosecution action under section 43/44 of Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 against M/s Ramprastha Saare Township (group housing complex) in village Wazirpur Meoka, Gurugram as the parameters exceeded the permissible limits.

Action taken report filed by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board in the matter of Trustee, Environment Protection and Anti Pollution Group Trust Vs State of Tamil Nadu & Others regarding private medical colleges operating in Salem district, Tamil Nadu without obtaining Environmental Clearance as per EIA Notification, 2006 as amended and the private medical colleges are discharging sewage and effluent without proper treatment in public sewers and open channels.

Report of the oversight committee with regard to management of solid waste, bio-medical waste and STP in district Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh made public on Februry 27, 2020.

The committee report made some recommendations which include:

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Tribunal on its own Motion Vs State of Himachal Pradesh dated 12/02/2020 regarding pollution of river Ashwani Khud in Himachal Pradesh. The river was found to be full of plastic which called for directions of this Tribunal. As per reports received, it was found that solid waste was accumulated in the drains which were joining the said river Ashwani Khud.

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation Vs Vanashakti Public Trust & Others dated 05/2/2020 regarding cleaning up of the Ulhas and Waldhuni rivers in Thane district, Maharashtra.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Tribunal on its own motion SUO MOTU Based on the News Item in Dinamalar Tamil Newspaper dated 27.01.2020, “A Bridge has become a source of spreading Contamination and Communicable Diseases” Vs The Government of Tamil Nadu, Represented by its Chief Secretary and Others dated 03/02/2020 regarding dumping of solid waste and animal waste from the meat shops beneath the Pallavaram Round over bridge. Further, it has become a place where sewage water is also stagnated due to non maintenance of the sewage system in that area.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Manoj Mishra Vs Union of India & Others dated 22/01/2020 regarding rejuvenation of River Yamuna.

Yamuna Monitoring Committee (YMC) has suggested entrusting the functions of management of all the drains in Delhi to a single agency, for that the NGT has asked for a response from the Chief Secretary, Delhi, DDA, DSIIDC, PWD, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Cantonment Board, NDMC, South, East and North Delhi Municipal Corporations before February 18, 2020.

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