Use of small part of the Green Belt allowed for Power Substation

National Green Tribunal on 21 August 2013 decided that ‘The need to have electricity connection for residents is more important as compared to  illusory  apprehension  projected by  the  Applicant  (RWA).   In our  considered  view,  installation  of the GIS Power Substation on the small part of the Green Belt is in  keeping  with  principle  of  sustainable  development.’

The  Applicant  had challenges  installation of a 400 KV Gas Insulated  Power  Sub-station  (for  short,  GIS)  over  Green  Belt running parallel to NH-24 in the case ‘Gaur Green City Resident Welfare Association vs State of Uttar Pradesh and others’ before NGT.

Pushp Jain

EIA Resource and Response Centre (ERC), New Delhi

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Issue of Fixing Noise Level of Firecrackers in West Bengal

Applicants in ‘International Marwari Association Anr vs West Bengal Pollution Control Board Ors (Appeal Nos. 43,44,45,52,53 (THC) 2013)’ mainly challenged the West  Bengal  Pollution  Control  Board’s (WBPCB) Order  dated 03.10.1997 (Memo  No.  721(1).-13/WPB-Q/96) on fixation of lower noise level impulse  at  90 dB(A)  at 5 meters from source  for manufacturing  and sale  of firecrackers instead at  125 dB(A)  at  4  meters  from  source  which  is  prescribed  by  the Ministry  of  Environment  &  Forests  (MoEF)  vide Notification dated  05.10.1999.

National Green Tribunal on 21 August 2013 decided that WBPCB is required to amend the order dated 03.10.1997 and reconcile the same in keeping with the MoEF Notification dated 05.10.1999. The WBPCB shall issue amended order, accordingly, within a period of one (1) month hereafter. In the meanwhile, the benchmark fixed by the MoEF Notification dated 05.10.1999 shall continue to apply for the production and sale of firecrackers in the State of West Bengal. The impugned order of the WBPCB is hereby quashed.

It may be mentioned here that in a case (I.A.  Nos.  57-58  and  60-61  in  W.P.  No.72/1998) On 13.09.2010, the Supreme Court of India ordered  that the  order  dated  03.10.1997  issued  by  the  WBPCB  and  the Notification  issued  by  the  MoEF on 05.10.1999 under  provisions  of  the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 need to be reconciled.

Nevertheless, in view of increase  in the  population,  attitude  of  the  society,  urbanisation, industrialisation,  increase  in  traffic  density  and  the  health problems  of  the  public  members, NGT directed ‘the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)/Ministry of Environment &  Forests  (MoEF)  to  conduct  a  fresh  study  on  “Noise  Pollution and  its  Impacts”  and  to  suggest  specific  norms  for manufacturing,  sale  and  distribution  of  the  firecrackers  interstate and intra-state. In case, it is found that the sound decibels shall  be  lowered  down  due  to  change  in  the  circumstances,  the Central  Board/MoEF  may  take  a  decision ...the  Central  Board/MoEF  shall  examine  the  relevant  issues afresh and take decision within a period of six (6) months...’

Pushp Jain

EIA Resource and Response Centre (ERC), New Delhi

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International Marwari Association final order

NGT puts EC of Pipavav Port Expansion in Abeyance

NGT puts EC of Pipavav Port Expansion in Abeyance 

In an appeal, Gau Raxa Hitraxak Manch and Gauchar Paryavaran Bachav Trust, Rajula, Gujarat vs Union of India, Gujarat  Pipavav  Port  Ltd & others, NGT has directed ‘it  is  necessary  to keep  the  impugned  order  in  abeyance  for  the  present  with direction  to  the  MoEF  and  EAC  to  appraise  the  project afresh  and  pass  the  necessary  reasoned  order  either  for approval  thereof  or  for  the  rejection,  whatsoever  it  may  be found  necessary,  on  merits  thereof.’

This judgement has been passed by NGT on 22 August 2013 in an Appeal against order dated 05.06.2012 passed  by  Ministry  of  Environment  &  Forests  (MoEF) granting  Environmental  Clearance  (EC)  for  expansion  of  a Port of Gujarat  Pipavav  Port  Ltd.

Pushp Jain

ERC, New Delhi

Gau Raxa vs UoI Gujarat Pipavav Port

 

Liberty to File a Fresh Application

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NGT Orders No Sand Mining without Environment Clearance

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