Goa excluded from NGT’s Pune bench jurisdiction


TNN | Aug 20, 2017, 03:32 AM IST
Panaji: Goa has been excluded from the jurisdiction of the Pune bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) and brought under the Delhi bench in an order issued by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC).

The states of Gujarat and Maharashtra will continue under the jurisdiction of Pune bench (west zone) of the green tribunal, but for Goan litigants, it will be back to Delhi after a gap of six years to pursue their environmental matters.

While MoEFCC issued the notification dated August 10, 2017, regarding the change, it was almost six years back on August 11, 2011, that the ministry had issued a notification, demarcating north, south, east and west zones with principal and regional benches.

Goan activists who were filing a chunk of the complaints regarding environmental matters before the Pune bench expressed disappointment about the jurisdictional change.
"This is a clear attempt to discourage us from taking up environmental matters," an activist said.

The distance from Goa to Pune was hardly 450km, which was for the sake of convenience, but the central government has included Goa without any draft notification in the north zone, 1,872 km away, activists said. Some are planning to challenge the notification before the high court of Bombay at Goa shortly, sources said.

Get fresh green clearance from Centre: Tribunal to mining cos


Panaji: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed 25 mining lease holders to appear before the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) regarding the issue of seeking a fresh environmental clearance (EC) in terms of a related Supreme Court order.

The tribunal passed a two-page order on August 9 directing these mining firms to appear before the MoEF on September 7, as they were agreeable to do so to resolve the controversy.

Why The National Green Tribunal’s Independence May Be Under Threat

NGT Notice To Centre On Coal-Based Power Plant Near Delhi

The National Green Tribunal has issued notice to the Centre on the proposed coal-based power plant in Khurja, Uttar Pradesh just 100kms from Delhi, which is already reeling under severe pollution levels. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notice to the Centre and also to the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board and M/s project proponent THDC India Limited.

The bench did so on a petition moved by ‘Social Action for Environment and Forest’( SAEF) challenging the environmental clearance granted by the Ministry of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change for setting up of the coal-×red power plant in Khurja.

SAEF’s Vikrant Tongad said the “Project once operational will aggravate the air pollution crisis which is being faced in the Indo Gangetic Plains in general and the National Capital Region speci×cally”. He said the project is just 40kms from NTPC Dadri which is also coal-based power plant and wondered as to why was the government focussing on coal when there are other techniques and when Delhi and NCR are already reeling under thick air pollution.

The petition highlights the questionable manner in which a public hearing was called in August, 2015. The minutes of the hearing reveal that THDC did not make any presentation to explain the pros and cons to the public. “It is important that the ‘pros and cons’ and especially the environmental consequences which are likely to arise as a result of setting up of the project is explained to the public. The Minutes does not reveal that any such exercise was done.

This aspect is of great concern given the fact that the area already is water stressed; the project would involve diversion of water from the irrigation canal and the will increase the air pollution levels. These impacts ought to have been shared with the public in order to elicit their responses,” it said.

Citing the National Electricity Plan and related studies, the petition says, “India does not need any new coal plants till 2027 hence any additional power plants would only create bad assets for the country and sink in public money. Despite the fact a member from CEA being in the committee these crucial points have been missed by the committee”.


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Deadline for 300 thermal plants on adoption of air pollution norms extended


Central Electricity Authority lays down a roadmap for the sector that breaches regulations

Nitin Sethi  |  New Delhi June 9, 2017 Last Updated at 02:40 IST

 Disregarding new environment regulations, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has given more than 300 thermal power plants two to five-year reprieve from adhering to the strict air pollution standards that come into force this year. The CEA has set in place a roadmap for the plants to install essential pollution abatement technology earliest by 2020 instead of doing so by end 2017. The new environmental regulations requiring the installation of this technology kick in from December 2017 for all existing thermal power plants.