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The green panel asked Telangana state pollution control board to enforce the principle of 'Polluter Pays' in respect of the units which have been found to be violating the environmental norms.(HT File Photo)

NGT directs Telangana PCB to recover 1.55 cr from pharma firms for pollution

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:29 PM IST
The NGT passed the order after a committee recommended to impose environmental compensation for one year for all pharma formulation industries and six months to Shri Kartikeya Pharma which is engaged in Ayurvedic Ashwagandha extraction, as the pollution load is less.
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"Even though pen is not specifically mentioned under the rules, the same is certainly covered by definition of 'plastic' under Rule 3 (o) of the Plastic Waste Management Rule, 2016. Thus, pen is also covered by the statutory framework," the bench said.(Twitter/pinklizardpromo. Representative image)
"Even though pen is not specifically mentioned under the rules, the same is certainly covered by definition of 'plastic' under Rule 3 (o) of the Plastic Waste Management Rule, 2016. Thus, pen is also covered by the statutory framework," the bench said.(Twitter/pinklizardpromo. Representative image)

Plastic pens covered under Plastic Waste Management Rules, says NGT

PTI
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 02:27 PM IST
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to coordinate with the state PCBs and State Level Monitoring Committees on EPR.
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The National Green Tribunal said that no further activity shall be taken up in 436 acres in forest land in Bhubaneswar without first complying with the requirement of law.(HT PHOTO)
The National Green Tribunal said that no further activity shall be taken up in 436 acres in forest land in Bhubaneswar without first complying with the requirement of law.(HT PHOTO)

NGT stops activity in 436 acres in Bhubaneswar for lack of forest clearance

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 09:41 PM IST
The NGT order came in response to a petition filed by Bhubaneswar-based activist Subash Mohapatra in 2019 challenging the inaction of the Odisha government in checking the illegal and unauthorized use of 568 acres of revenue forest land in the city for non-forestry purpose.
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Kalkaji MLA Atishi who heads the House Panel said that it was “very shocking” that the MCD commissioners of Delhi have no clue regarding the length of roads under their jurisdiction.(ANI)
Kalkaji MLA Atishi who heads the House Panel said that it was “very shocking” that the MCD commissioners of Delhi have no clue regarding the length of roads under their jurisdiction.(ANI)

Delhi’s Environment Committee summons MCD Commissioners over air pollution

By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:45 PM IST
In the meeting that was held in view of the rising air pollution highlighted that road dust has been a major component of air pollution in Delhi. It was found that officials were not fully aware of NGT orders.
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In the course of time, the committee has been requested to monitor compliance of some other environmental issues also such as relating to water bodies.(PTI Photo)
In the course of time, the committee has been requested to monitor compliance of some other environmental issues also such as relating to water bodies.(PTI Photo)

NGT extends term of oversight committee to monitor pollution of Ganga

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 01:16 PM IST
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that unless the UP government sets up any other effective alternative mechanism, it may not be advisable to close the committee abruptly.
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The NGT bench headed by its chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed remedial measures to be adopted for future.(Mint file photo)
The NGT bench headed by its chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed remedial measures to be adopted for future.(Mint file photo)

NGT directs Power, Coal ministries to undertake safety audit of thermal power stations

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 02:19 PM IST
“We also direct the Secretaries, ministries of Power and Coal, Government of India, in coordination with such other Departments/Institutions as may be necessary, to undertake safety audit of similarly placed thermal power stations, throughout the country expeditiously, preferably within six months, to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future,” the NGT said.
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Tribunal further directs the respondents to provide fresh permission only after ensuring the underground powerlines in new projects.(Hindustan Arvind Yadav/HT file photo)
Tribunal further directs the respondents to provide fresh permission only after ensuring the underground powerlines in new projects.(Hindustan Arvind Yadav/HT file photo)

NGT directs Centre, states to install ‘Bird Diverters’ on existing solar and wind powerlines

By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2020 02:31 PM IST
A bench of the NGT, headed by its chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel issued several directions on Wednesday while disposing of a petition on an NGO, Centre for Wildlife and Environmental Litigation through Bhanu Bansal who stated that there is an urgent need to protect and conserve the great Indian bustard as the same is on the verge of extinction.
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As per the plan, 424 acres of land were to be reclaimed from Mahanadi river for expansion of the medical college though the state government in its affidavit before the NGT said a new campus of SCB medical college is proposed on 25 acres of land reclaimed from the river.(BISWAJIT MOHANTY/ HT PHOTO.)
As per the plan, 424 acres of land were to be reclaimed from Mahanadi river for expansion of the medical college though the state government in its affidavit before the NGT said a new campus of SCB medical college is proposed on 25 acres of land reclaimed from the river.(BISWAJIT MOHANTY/ HT PHOTO.)

To save Mahanadi river, NGT orders setting up expert panel to lay down norms

By Debabrata Mohanty | Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 09:51 PM IST
The NGT order came in response to a petition filed by Dilip Samantray, a Cuttack-based citizen to the state government’s plan of transforming the state-run SCB Medical College and Hospital into an “AIIMS Plus” institute with an expenditure of Rs 1000 crore earlier this year.
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The tribunal had earlier directed the Delhi chief secretary to co-ordinate with the municipal and police authorities and other officers to ensure compliance of its previous orders at the ground-level.(AP | Representational image)
The tribunal had earlier directed the Delhi chief secretary to co-ordinate with the municipal and police authorities and other officers to ensure compliance of its previous orders at the ground-level.(AP | Representational image)

NGT directs Delhi government to keep vigil against burning of plastic

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 03:58 PM IST
The green panel noted that the matter relating to air pollution has been pending for more than seven years and it does not find it necessary to keep it so for an indefinite period.
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In this photo taken from a phone camera a tree is seen in the middle of a cemented pavement in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
In this photo taken from a phone camera a tree is seen in the middle of a cemented pavement in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

80% street trees in Vasant Vihar concretised

By Soumya Pillai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2020 06:09 AM IST
The census also showed that over 450 trees had nails, tree guards, barbed wires etc. in or around them, 764 trees were lopped off and at least 793 trees were infested with termites.
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People burst firecrackers on Diwali at Shivaji Park, in Mumbai on November 14.(Pratik Chorge/HT file photo)
People burst firecrackers on Diwali at Shivaji Park, in Mumbai on November 14.(Pratik Chorge/HT file photo)

NGT extends ban on sale, use of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR, other cities amid decline in air quality

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 06:16 PM IST
It said during Christmas and on the New Year, the use of green crackers will be allowed between 11.55pm and 12.30am but only at places where air quality is in the moderate zone or better
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People burst firecrackers on the occasion of Diwali festival at Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)
People burst firecrackers on the occasion of Diwali festival at Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT PHOTO)

NGT extends ban on sale and use of firecrackers during Covid-19 in NCR and cities where AQI falls under ‘poor’ or above categories

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 03:19 PM IST
NGT extends ban on sale and use of firecrackers during Covid-19 in NCR and cities where AQI falls under ‘poor’ or above categories
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A man rows a boat in the heavily polluted waters of the Yamuna at Kalindi Kunj.
A man rows a boat in the heavily polluted waters of the Yamuna at Kalindi Kunj.

Only three effluent treatment plants along Yamuna meet standards: NGT-appointed panel

By Vatsala Shrangi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:53 PM IST
Expressing concern over the issue, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) panel has asked the Delhi government agencies to take short-term measures to improve the functioning of the plants. Also, it asked them to “explore strategies” to deal with effluents being discharged from non-conforming industrial areas.
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On Diwali day and days preceding it, the police registered a total of 1,292 cases and held 926 people. In contrast, last Diwali season, the police had registered 433 cases and arrested 261 people.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
On Diwali day and days preceding it, the police registered a total of 1,292 cases and held 926 people. In contrast, last Diwali season, the police had registered 433 cases and arrested 261 people.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

850 held for flouting curbs, 1.2k cases filed

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2020 08:53 AM IST
Data provided by the police shows that the number of people booked and held for selling and bursting firecrackers on Diwali night and in the days preceding it far outnumbered cases last year when there was a ban only on non-green firecrackers.
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Scene at the Baghjan gas well site on Sunday after the fire was doused.(OIL)
Scene at the Baghjan gas well site on Sunday after the fire was doused.(OIL)

Fire at Assam’s Baghjan gas well finally doused after more than five months

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:10 PM IST
The fire was extinguished by a team of experts from Canada, who had reached the site in Tinsukia district on November 4, using a technique called snubbing.
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A cyclist rides a bicycle near India Gate covered with a thick layer of smog as the air quality deteriorates due to air pollution, in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI file photo)
A cyclist rides a bicycle near India Gate covered with a thick layer of smog as the air quality deteriorates due to air pollution, in New Delhi on Thursday.(ANI file photo)

CAQM directs CPCB,states to ensure proper implementation of NGT guidelines on air quality

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 07:17 PM IST
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday imposed a total ban on sale or use of all kinds of firecrackers in the National Capital Region (NCR) from November 9 to November 30.
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Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai inspects water being sprayed on trees as a pollution control measure, near Raj Ghat Bus Depot, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai inspects water being sprayed on trees as a pollution control measure, near Raj Ghat Bus Depot, in New Delhi.(Amal KS/Hindustan Times)

BJP instigating people to burst firecrackers, alleges Gopal Rai

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 01:19 AM IST
Addressing the media, Rai said, “We want to appeal to the opposition to support us in fighting pollution. I also want to appeal to the people to light lamps and not firecrackers.”
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Last week, state environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya told journalists the government was against a blanket ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers during Diwali.(PTI)
Last week, state environment minister Parimal Suklabaidya told journalists the government was against a blanket ban on the sale and bursting of firecrackers during Diwali.(PTI)

Confusion over firecracker ban in Assam during Diwali

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 04:58 PM IST
The order came after the NGT on Monday said bursting of firecrackers releases “copious amounts of harmful chemicals” which in turn can have a serious impact on the health of vulnerable groups and aggravate the health of Covid-19 patients
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These six cities include Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Haldwani Rudrapur and Kashipur. )(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
These six cities include Dehradun, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Haldwani Rudrapur and Kashipur. )(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Only green crackers to be sold in Uttarakhand’s 6 major cities

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 11, 2020 02:25 PM IST
While the state government has fixed a time slot of 8 pm to 10 pm on Diwali and Gurpurab during which the crackers can be burst, green crackers can be used from 6 am till 8 am on Chhath.
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No fire crackers will be allowed in Luknow and a dozen other cities because of poor air quality.(HT PHOTO)
No fire crackers will be allowed in Luknow and a dozen other cities because of poor air quality.(HT PHOTO)

No crackers for Diwali in Lucknow, 12 other UP cities with poor air quality

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 04:13 PM IST
The Uttar Pradesh government has identified 13 cities on the basis of the average ambient air quality found in November last year to enforce the NGT directions banning crackers.
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A view of India gate blanketed in thick haze amid rising air pollution levels, in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
A view of India gate blanketed in thick haze amid rising air pollution levels, in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Emergency in the air: NGT extends cracker ban, curbs

By Jayashree Nandi and Kainat Sarfaraz | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 10, 2020 03:21 AM IST
Imposes ban on their sale and use in NCR and other cities across the country from Nov 9 to Nov 30.
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Customers look to buy green crackers ahead of Diwali festival, at Dariba Kalan, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Customers look to buy green crackers ahead of Diwali festival, at Dariba Kalan, in New Delhi.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Cracker ban SOP issued in Delhi: Fine up to 1 lakh or a month in prison for violators

By Abhishek Dey | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 02:11 AM IST
The guidelines were issued by environment minister Gopal Rai, who on Monday convened a meeting with officials of the environment department, revenue department and police.
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Representational Image.(File photo)
Representational Image.(File photo)

Air quality deteriorating, UP to comply with NGT orders on firecrackers

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 05:19 PM IST
While Meerut has imposed a ban on firecrackers, Lucknow has banned certain categories of firecrackers
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BMC banned bursting of firecrackers in public and private places in Mumbai except on Diwali.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
BMC banned bursting of firecrackers in public and private places in Mumbai except on Diwali.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Bursting of firecrackers banned in Mumbai except on Diwali evening and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2020 01:33 PM IST
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People buy firecrackers from a shop ahead of Diwali at Sadar Bazar, in New Delhi on November 3.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
People buy firecrackers from a shop ahead of Diwali at Sadar Bazar, in New Delhi on November 3.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

NGT bans sale, use of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till November 30

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Joydeep Sen Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 01:17 PM IST
The panel said the ban would apply to all cities or towns where the average of ambient air quality during November, as per the available data of last year, fall in the “poor” or “very poor” category
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People look to buy firecrackers from a shop ahead of Diwali festival at Sadar bazar, in New Delhi on November 3, 2020.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
People look to buy firecrackers from a shop ahead of Diwali festival at Sadar bazar, in New Delhi on November 3, 2020.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

NGT bans sale and use of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR till Nov 30, Haryana allows limited use

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by: Harshit Sabarwal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 12:24 PM IST
Currently, the state governments have their own set of guidelines with regard to permitting/banning the sale and use of firecrackers during the festive season.
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The Delhi Government has announced ban on firecrackers, including those branded ‘green’, between November 7 and 30 in the view of rising air pollution, amid increasing Covid-19 cases.(PTI)
The Delhi Government has announced ban on firecrackers, including those branded ‘green’, between November 7 and 30 in the view of rising air pollution, amid increasing Covid-19 cases.(PTI)

600 kg firecrackers seized in Delhi; 7 held

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON NOV 09, 2020 09:26 AM IST
Amid the festival season, all licences issued for sale of firecrackers have been suspended in the national capital till November 30.
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A firecrackers’ shop, ahead of the Diwali festival, near Jama Masjid in old Delhi. The Delhi Government has announced ban on burning of firecrackers, including those branded ‘green’, between November 7 and 30 in the view of rising air pollution.(PTI)
A firecrackers’ shop, ahead of the Diwali festival, near Jama Masjid in old Delhi. The Delhi Government has announced ban on burning of firecrackers, including those branded ‘green’, between November 7 and 30 in the view of rising air pollution.(PTI)

Ahead of the NGT order on firecracker ban, here’s what different states have done

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2020 12:35 PM IST
Different states have made different rules with respect to bursting and selling of firecrackers. Here’s a look at what various states have done ahead of the NGT order.
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Advocate Balendu Shekhar, appearing for the Environment Ministry, told the NGT that there is no conclusive finding on relation of air pollution with Covid mortality and they have written to the ministry of health and the ministry of earth sciences seeking their opinion on the issue .(AP Photo)
Advocate Balendu Shekhar, appearing for the Environment Ministry, told the NGT that there is no conclusive finding on relation of air pollution with Covid mortality and they have written to the ministry of health and the ministry of earth sciences seeking their opinion on the issue .(AP Photo)

Air pollution increases risk of mortality from Covid-19, NGT informed

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 05, 2020 07:23 PM IST
Senior advocate Raj Panjawani and advocate Shibhani Ghosh, who have been appointed by the tribunal as amicus curiae in a case related to ban on fire crackers, told a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel that particulate air pollution contributed 15 per cent to Covid-19 mortality worldwide.
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The tribunal said it may have to consider prohibiting the use of firecrackers to protect the health of the vulnerable groups in 122 non-attainment cities where air quality, as per record maintained by the CPCB, is generally beyond permissible limits.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
The tribunal said it may have to consider prohibiting the use of firecrackers to protect the health of the vulnerable groups in 122 non-attainment cities where air quality, as per record maintained by the CPCB, is generally beyond permissible limits.(Amal KS/HT Photo)

NGT widens ambit of firecracker pollution cases beyond NCR, notices to 18 states, UTs

By Press Trust of India| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal | New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 07:52 PM IST
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted that it has already issued notice to Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and the state governments of Odisha and Rajasthan have already issued a notification prohibiting the sale and use of firecrackers.
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