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On Feb 7, 2018, the National Green Tribunal issued notices to Union environment ministry and the governments of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi over illegal operation of brick kilns in these four states. State pollution control board of each of the four states have been directed to inspect the brickfields and examine if they are complying with the environmental norms.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Sushil Raaja Vs Secretary, MORTH (Ministry of Road Transport and Highways) & Others dated 06/02/2018 regarding maintenance of green cover along highways.

The States have been asked to file affidavits mentioning the following:

1. Stretch of roads in different areas in the State where trees have been felled and the areas identified for compensatory afforestation.

2. The number of trees proposed to be felled.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Rohit Choudhury Vs Union of India & Others dated 01/02/2018 regarding animal deaths in Kaziranga National Park due to accidents on the highway. The State of Assam has placed before the Court an alternative proposal to installation of Automated Animal Sensor Barriers. The Court observed that except revealing the budgetary constraints there is no explanation or revelation of the special circumstance or reason to go for the alternative proposal.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vardhaman Kaushik Vs. Union of India & Others dated 31/01/2018 regarding registration of BS-IV compliant vehicles. The application have been moved by the purchasers of BS-IV compliant new diesel vehicles to be used as Ambulance/Medical Emergency Van for registration of the said vehicles.

NGT allows these applications directing the Transport Commissioner, Transport Department, Government of NCT Delhi to register the BS-IV compliant vehicles subject to certain conditions.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Akash Vashishtha Vs Ministry of Environment and Forests & Climate Change & Others dated 31/01/2018 regarding concretization in River Yamuna in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh. The main application has been filed for declaring the activity of construction work of River Front Development and laying of pipeline in river bed and flood plain of River Yamuna as illegal and for restoring of the river bed and flood plain of River Yamuna.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Gaurav Kumar Bansal Vs State of Uttar Pradesh & Others dated 29/01/2018 regarding arsenic contamination of groundwater, Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh. Counsel appearing on behalf of respondent UP Jal Nigam submits that no water samples from borewells within the limits of Sambhal Nagar Palika were collected, and such water samples will be collected and analyzed in due course.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of R. Sreedhar Vs Union of India & Others dated 25/01/2018 regarding illegal sand and boulders mining within the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary/Makum Pani Reserved Forest, Digboi Division, Assam.

The Original Application pertains to :

(i) illegal sand and boulders mining within the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary/Makum Pani Reserved Forest, Digboi Division,

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Subhash Datta Vs State of West Bengal & Others dated 25/01/2018 regarding air pollution in the cities of Kolkata and Howrah. NGT directs that a comprehensive study of the ambient air quality should be undertaken by a Committee which shall be headed by the Regional Officer of the CPCB, who shall monitor the work of the Committee and submit a regular report. The study shall be undertaken to cover whole of the two cities.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Atikur Laskar Vs State of West Bengal & Others dated 25/01/2018 regarding operation of illegal brick field in the name of Samrat Brick Field by Jiad Ali Seikh at village Gazirchawk Naskarpara, Jalaberia, South 24 Parganas. The brick field is not complying with the pollution norms including want of certificate from the State PCB. NGT directs the State PCB to inspect the unit in question and submit report.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolikata) in the matter of Takam Xavier Vs Union of India & Others dated 25/01/2018 regarding primary metallurgical industries requiring Environmental Clearance (EC).

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