Not a single case registered under Air Act in most polluted metro

NEW DELHI: Delhi might have been at the heart of campaigns against pollution, but not a single case was registered here for violation of the Air Act in 2015. Of the 50 cases filed across the country, 42 were in Maharashtra alone. While this data was released earlier this year as a part of a National Crime Records Bureau report, lawyers on Thursday highlighted how despite being armed with a criminal law, pollution control boards had failed abysmally to act. The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, provides for a punishment of not less than 1.5 years for norm violations, said Ritwick Dutta, advocate and founder of Legal Initiative for Forest and Environment (LIFE). Addressing a workshop, Dutta said: "The minimum punishment under the Air Act is not less than 1.5 years, but we don't see any enforcement. There is an inherent problem because of which the provisions of the Act have failed." Elaborating on the point, he said that any industryorganisation had to apply with the pollution control boards for consent to "operate" and "consent to establish" and, for that, they paid them a fee. "The pollution control boards sustain themselves by issuing these permits," he said.

Unlike forest officers, pollution control board staff and scientists were not trained to file criminal complaints and drag violators to court. As a result, they just issued notices, requesting violators to follow rules, Dutta said. "In Maharashtra, too, 42 cases were filed under Air Act because courts had asked pollution control boards to bring violators to task," he claimed. FROM AROUND THE WEB Buy a new age comprehensive health insurance Religare Health Insurance Get up to 80% off | Top deals,coupons, offers Invest your idle cash in our liquid funds Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund MORE FROM THE TIMES OF INDIA Office Christmas Party: Official trailer 2 Collateral Beauty: Official trailer #1 China experience wasn't fruitful: Uber CEO FROM THE WEB MORE FROM THE TIMES OF INDIA Nescafe vending solution for your office By The new Fiat Avventura ­ starting @ ₹ 7.25 lakh* Fiat Avventura Luxury holiday in Fiji was never so easy! SOTC Germany­Your partner in research & innovation DWIH Own a Vento today. Pay EMI 2018 onward* Volkswagen India Rahul Gandhi meets PM Modi over farmers' demands Ranveer Singh's yet another unusual party avatar Hrithik Roshan­Sussanne Khan get together for a dinner date Aditi Ashok wins inaugural Qatar Ladies Open Highlights: OPPO Chandigarh Times Fresh Face 2016 US EPA and environmen tal regulators in many other countries have a civil law where they take the violator to court and can seek monetary compensation. In India, governments can, however, register a civil case under National Green Tribunal Act. "Governments can invoke Schedule­II of NGT Act. If others can use this Act, why can't they?" Lawyers also gave a bre ak­up of various cases heard in the five NGT courts ­about 250 cases are heard every day by each of them. About 25% of the cases heard by NGT are on various aspects of air pollution, 20% each on water pollution, environment impact assessment and waste, 10% on forests and 5% others. Under the head of air pollution, the issues range from vehicular pollution, brick kilns and stone crushers, thermal power plants, waste­to­energy plants, construction projects and agricultural and forest fires. "A majority of the cases from Kolkata and Bihar are against brick kilns," said Dutta.

NTPC to replace 11000MW Thermal Power Plants older than 25 years with Energy Efficient Super Critical Plants

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal, exhorted people to spread awareness about energy conservation and help improve environmental equilibrium. He was speaking at a function today to celebrate the 26th National Energy Conservation Day 2016.

Shri Goyal said that the Nation has embarked on a mission to reduce India’s carbon footprint by phasing out all inefficient thermal power plants, older than 25 years, with modern energy efficient super critical ones. NTPC has already given the in-principle clearance to replace around 11,000 MW of its old, inefficient thermal power plants. The plants would be replaced in about five years, with an investment of around Rs. 50,000 crores, he added.

Time and again, EIA Resource and Response Centre (ERC) has been pointing to the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) not grant expansion of old TPPs unless they agree to phase out the old units. The replace of the old plants would be a welcome step.

(Source : Press Information Bureau release dated 14 December 2016  : )


Pushp Jain

EIA Resource and Response Centre (ERC)

New Delhi. India

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618 people paid compensation for Mopa land

Six hundred and eighteen people were paid compensation with respect to land acquired for Mopa Airport in Goa.

According to Member of Parliament Shantaram Naik, who was informed by Union Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, the rate at which the compensation was paid ranged from Rs 25 to Rs 80 per sq mtr.

Total area acquired by Government of Goa for construction of airport is 78,41,730 sq mtr. The number of occupants/tenants entitled for compensation with respect to the land is 7869. A total of 87 people had applied for enhanced compensation.

Area marked for commercial utilisation was 381 acres which was 18.2 per cent of the total project area, Minister told Mr Naik in the Rajya Sabha.

The proposed greenfield airport is to be built at Mopa in Pernem taluka in North Goa district in the the state. UNI AKM JW SNU 1847

WII to release a guidance document on mitigation of impacts due to linear projects - on 16 December 2016

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had assigned the responsibility to prepare the Guidance Document on ‘Eco-friendly measures to mitigate negative impacts on wildlife values from linear infrastructure development projects’ to the Wildlife Institute of India.

This is being planned for release on 16 December, 2016 from 1100 hrs to 1230 hrs  in Lecture Room I, Annexe of the India International Centre, New Delhi.

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Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority reconstituted

PANAJI: The ministry of environment, forest and climate change, on Thursday, issued an order, reconstituting a 13-member Goa coastal zone management authority (GCZMA), whose term ended in July 2016. The delay in reconstitution of the GCZMA has affected the finalization of the beach shack policy, and consequently, the erection of beach shacks.

Though drafted by the tourism department, the beach shack policy has to be approved by GCZMA. Only after GCZMA’s approval, the policy is submitted for the approval of the government. A GCZMA official said they will likely have an emergency meeting to discuss and clear the beach shack policy at the earliest.

While the tourism department, last week, invited applications for 367 temporary beach shacks on identified beach stretches for a three-year licence, beginning this tourist season, the advertisement clearly stated that final allotment will be done only after receiving approval of the GCZMA.

It’s other tasks include examination of proposals for changes or modification in classification of coastal regulation zone areas and in the coastal zone management plan (CZMP), received from the state government, besides making specific recommendations to the national coastal zone management authority (NCZMA).

It is empowered to inquire into cases of alleged violations of the provisions of the Environment Protection Act, or any other law relating to the objectives of the above- mentioned Act. It reviews cases involving violations, and if necessary, refers such cases to the NCZMA for review.

Other members of the new GCZMA include principal chief conservator of forests; director of panchayats; director, directorate of survey and land records; director, directorate of fisheries; chief engineer, water resource department; director, department of environment; Audhut J Bhounsale, former executive engineer, PWD, Nandakumar Sawant, principal, Parvatibai Chowgule college of arts and cience, Margao; professor Suhas Godse, former head of department of Zoology, Dhempe college of arts and science, Miramar, and Shirang Jhambhale, secretary, Gram Vikas Kendra, Savoi-Verem.

Headed by principal secretary, environment, government of Goa, the GCZMA is mainly tasked to take measures for protecting and improving the quality of the coastal environment by preventing and controlling environment pollution.

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