The water quality of five major rivers in the country, including the Ganga, deteriorated during the coronavirus-induced lockdown due to factors like release of sewage and no fresh water discharge from the upstream, the Central Pollution Control Board said.
Water-related risks, while local in nature, can disrupt business operations globally, have material cost implications and damage reputations. Addressing water-related risks is fundamental to business sustainability and its license to operate. Industrial wastewater pollution is a key water risk for businesses and its operations.
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sudhir Bhargawa Vs State of Haryana dated 22/09/2020. The matter related to dumping of garbage and encroachment of pond in Pratap Pur area of Rewari district of Haryana. A report was filed by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board to the effect that site inspection was conducted on November 20, 2019 along with the representative of the municipal council. Remedial action has been taken and show cause notice issued to the municipal council for further action.
Report of the Telangana State Pollution Control Board in compliance of the National Green Tribunal order of June 22, 2020 in Original Application No. 426 of 2018 filed by Mohd. Nayeem Pasha & Others. The NGT had directed the state of Telangana to submbit a compliance report on the steps taken for treatment of untreated sewage joining the river Musi.
Report by the Urban Development Department, Government of Karnataka in compliance to the National Green Tribunal order in Original Application No. 750/2019 (Dr. Sanjay Rao & Others Vs State of Karnataka). The matter related to pollution in Kithiganahalli lake, Bommasandra, Bangalore.
Report by the District Magistrate, Koraput, Odisha in Original Application No - 148/19 filed by Basanta Patra Vs State of Odisha & Others. The matter related to preservation of Jagannath Sagar, Jeypore, Odisha.
Report by Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) in Execution Application No. 10/2020 in Original Application No. 492/2019 in the matter of Gurmail Singh Vs State of Punjab. An application was filed by one Gurmail Singh of village Kot Khurd, Jalandhar complaining that the entire waste water/effluent of the village was being discharged directly into the pond, adjacent to his house. The officer of the Panchayati Raj Department has said that the pond near the complainant's house was quite old and Gurmail Singh had constructed his house thereafter near the pond.
Response to report by Akash Vashistha to report dated August 25, 2020 submitted by the District Magistrate, Mathura. The matter related to construction of a metalled road taking place in the river bed of Yamuna in Vrindavan along with other permanent illegal constructions. The road was used to facilitate illegal reclamation of floodplains. The construction of this road was leading to dumping of malba and debris on the ghats (Cheer Ghat, Govind Ghat and Bhramar Ghat). This had caused irreparable damage to the Ghats and obstructing the natural flow of the river.
Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Raja Muzaffar Bhat Vs State of Jammu and Kashmir & Others dated 27/08/2020. The issue for consideration is prevention of unscientific dumping of waste and encroachment of Hokersar Wetland, Wular Lake and Kreentchoo-Chandhara Wetland in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
This EIA report on 10,000 mw Jaitapur nuclear power plant being set up by NPCIL in Ratnagiri says that, this project will have no impact on ecology of the region. However it has not been shared with affected villages. The project has met with strong protests from people whose lands were acquired under protest.