Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of the State of Tamil Nadu Vs the State of Karnataka & Others dated 14/12/2022.

Sustainable socio-economic development is founded on water security which is vital for food and energy production, health, and livelihoods and enables industrial development, liveable cities, global biodiversity and sustainable ecosystems. Currently, one in every three people in Africa faces water insecurity.

Grievance raised by the applicants is that there is illegal extraction of ground water by the builders operating in Noida According to the applicants, the authorities have failed to prevent illegal extraction of ground water for commercial purposes resulting in depletion of ground water level in the area identified as ‘overexploited’ as per assessment of the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA).

Report filed by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board in the matter of Vijaysigh Dubbal & Others Vs MPCB & Others dated 27/10/2022.

The matter related to illegal extraction of groundwater by units involved in water selling business.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Arti Vs Central Ground Water Authority & Others dated 17/10/2022.

The matter related to unauthorized withdrawal of groundwater in major cities of Uttar Pradesh. The court noted that there is large scale illegal extraction of groundwater in Uttar Pradesh by hotels, marriage halls, party lawns including in areas which are scarce in availability of groundwater.

Joint committees have been constituted to find out hotels, marriage/banquet halls, resorts, guest houses in Lucknow, Agra, Meerut, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bareilly, Varanasi, Jhansi and Gorakhpur abstracting groundwater without NOC from the competent authority.

With climate change posing alarming threats to communities across India, subnational climate leadership is essential to meet climate and development targets. Many Indian states are spearheading key initiatives to elevate India’s climate ambition to the next level, acting as frontiers for climate 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’.

This publication shows how the three pillars of drought management: (1) monitoring; (2) vulnerability assessment; and (3) risk mitigation and response, help to integrate the management of the two phenomena.

Joint Committee report in compliance to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order (Original Application No. 166/2022 Santosh Kumar Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others).

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