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After brief respite, Delhi again turns breathless

A thick blanket of haze enveloped the National Capital on Sunday and the Air Quality Index (AQI) recorded “very poor” levels.The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said pollution levels have spiked due to calm conditions, marked by low wind speed and moisture. As per IMD standards, “very poor” levels mean people may suffer from respiratory illness on prolonged exposure. On further dip in air quality, the AQI shows “severe” and “emergency” levels.Millions began choking on foul air in the first week of November, forcing closure of schools, ban on entry of trucks and construction activities in Delhi.After a brief respite, the situation is back to square one. The city government issued a health advisory, urging people to avoid smoking and go in for carpooling, among other things, to combat the situation.AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria had compared the November situation in the city to the killer Great Smog of London in 1952. “Around 25,000 to 30,000 people may lose their lives in Delhi-NCR due to diseases exacerbated by pollution,” he had said.The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also attributed the rise in air pollution levels to the incursion of moisture in the air. Pollution monitoring and forecasting agency SAFAR predicted that concentration of PM2.5, more harmful owing to its extremely tiny size, and PM10 may rise over the weekend.Skymet, however, has predicted light rain during that time, which will lead the pollution levels to reduce. “Rain will help in settling down the pollution present in the air. After this, winds are very likely to pick up pace leading to further dispersal of pollution,” Skymet said.
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City’s air quality gets worse, AQI at 360

The air quality in the Capital deteriorated to 360 units on Thursday from 334 on Wednesday, remaining in the ‘very poor’ category for the eleventh day. The air quality index (AQI) at 360 is six times more than the permissible standards of 60.However, even as officials of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) said the air quality is likely to improve by Monday with the winter setting in, some Delhiites complained of breathing difficulties and irritation in eyes.CPCB officials said that an increase in moisture and humidity in the winds has been the trigger for the spike.”The winter is still to set with winds coming in from the north. So far winds have been fluctuating making it difficult for pollutants to be dispersed. At present south-easterly winds are bringing in humidity which is trapping the pollutants further deteriorating the air quality,” said D Saha, head of air laboratory, CPCB.The AQI is expected to hover from 320 to 360 units until this weekend, said Saha. The air quality is measured against PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in Delhi-NCR — in units of micrograms per cubic metre.However, even as the average air quality index in the capital remained in the ‘very poor’ category, NCR towns such as Ghaziabad, which is an industrial hub, continued to reel under ‘severe’ pollution levels.The Delhi government had issued a health advisory on Monday asking schools to avoid all outdoor activities including assembly, sports and other physical activities that are held in the early morning hours. Besides this, it also advised people to reduce their exposure to the air and stay indoors as much as possible.AIR QUALITY INDEXDelhi: 360 (very poor)Ghaziabad: 453 (severe) Gurgaon: 312 (very poor) Noida: 359 ( very poor) Faridabad: 322 (very poor)
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Why was the odd-even scheme not implemented immediately, NGT asks Delhi government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Saturday asked the Delhi government the rationale behind implementing the odd-even scheme in the city.”Why wasn’t this implemented when the air quality index had become bad?” the NGT questioned further asking both the Centre and the Delhi government to name one city in the world where the PM 10 levels were lower than 100.The NGT then directed the Delhi government to show the letter on basis of which this decision (to implement the odd-even scheme) was taken, and whether the LG’s approval was taken for the same.During the hearing, the Central Pollution Control Board claimed that they had ‘orally’ warned the Delhi government about the problem – a claim that the Delhi government denied.”Do not test our patience. When statistics indicate that rains lead to a fall in pollution levels, why did you take time to spray water? You’re only takeing the decision after the tribunal directed you to,” the NGT said to the Delhi government.The bench, headed by Justice Swatantra Kumar, had on Friday rapped Delhi government and asked it to not implement odd-even scheme unless they satisfy the court that it is not counter-productive.On Saturday, however, the bench asked the government whether it was sure of the odd-even scheme benefit. “Citizens should not be affected by it and no inconvenience should be caused,” the bench observed.The bench also asked the Delhi government on the reasons behind the exemptions on two-wheeler vehicles and the impact of those vehicles. The bench even asked the government whether it intends to employ the odd-even scheme whenever the pollution levels spiral, to which the Delhi Govt stated that this couldn’t be said as of now.Meanwhile, the Central Pollution Control Board submitted before the NGT that rain could take place in the next two days.A layer of smog continued to engulf Delhi on Friday with some of the areas still gripped in the hazardous category of air quality index.The pollution level in Punjabi Bagh at 802, Mandir Marg at 515, Anand Vihar at 571 and Dwarka at 420 fall under the hazardous category.The AAP government on Thursday announced the introduction of the odd-even scheme as part of a Graded Response Plan to tackle the alarming pollution situation in the national capital.With nearly 13 lakh private cars expected to keep off the road per day after the odd-even scheme kicks in from Monday, the government is looking to hire 500 buses to ensure smooth commute for the public.The odd-even scheme will be rolled out in Delhi for five days from November 13 to November 17. The scheme will be in place from 8 am to 8 pm and there will exemptions for women drivers and two-wheelers.

Why haven’t you shut down industrial activity: NGT asks CPCB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday questioned the Delhi government and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for not shutting down industrial activity and construction work to reduce severe levels of pollution.The green court also questioned as to what steps had Punjab and Haryana taken to stop crop burning and directed the Delhi Pollution Control Board to submit an analysis report of the ambient air quality of the city after monitoring across various locations.A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar questioned the authorities after Punjab Pollution Control Board advocate Naginder Benipal alleged that scores of illegal industries were operating in Delhi contributing to air pollution.”Why don’t you pass directions to stop construction and industrial activities for a month? What are you waiting for? Are courts your local guardians? Do you know what you are doing to children…old people cannot walk,” said Justice Swatanter Kumar.The bench made these observations during a brief hearing of the case on stubble burning filed by environment activist Vikrant Tongad.Pollution levels in the Capital continued to be in the ‘severe’ category for a second consecutive day on Wednesday, making it hazardous for even healthy people to be outdoors.

Delhi pollution: Environment body EPCA suggests four steps to bring situation under control

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) has suggested four emergency steps to reduce the alarming pollution level in New Delhi. It has suggested that parking fees in Delhi-NCR should be hiked four-fold. It has asked Delhi Metro to lower fares during off-peak hours for at least 10 days, introduce more coaches. This step will encourage more people to take public transport, thereby cutting down on emission. It has suggested fine of Rs 50,000 to be imposed on road construction agencies violating dust pollution norms in Delhi-NCR. Delhi-NCR govts should start preparing for measures like odd-even and ban on construction if pollution aggravates,recommends EPCA. As the national capital reeled under heavy smog, the National Green Tribunal today took the the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to task and asked them to explain why preventive steps were not taken to control the ‘severe’ air quality in the region. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar lambasted the state governments for not being prepared in advance to tackle the emergency situation.The national capital woke up this morning to ‘severe’ air quality under a blanket of thick haze, as pollution levels breached the permissible standards by multiple times.The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded ‘severe’ air quality, meaning that the intensity of pollution was extreme. “The ambient air quality is so bad that children are not able to breath properly. Why didn’t you not spray water using helicopters as per our direction? You take instructions and inform us day after tomorrow,” the bench said. It asked the state governments to explain why they had not taken preventive and precautionary measures as it was reported earlier that such a situation was likely to arise.The green panel also directed the CPCB to state what emergency directions it has issued in exercise of its powers to tackle the situation. The tribunal was hearing a plea for immediate action against the worsening air quality in Delhi-NCR stating that it was an ‘environmental emergency’ which was affecting children and senior citizens the most. The plea said that according to CPCB report, post Diwali the ambient air quality of Delhi on October 17, 18 and 19 was found to be “very poor”.The plea also said that despite such elaborate orders from the NGT last year, the authorities have slept over it. Highlighting the increasing number of cars in the city, the plea filed by environment activist Akash Vashishta said it was “imperative that the government should take a view” with regards to putting a cap on vehicles to reduce air pollution. The plea has also sought direction to Delhi and the neighbouring states to file a status report with regard to the steps taken to educate people regarding waste burning and the pollution caused by it.With PTI inputs

Winter to set in after 10 days, may affect air quality: Experts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The city has started to experience a nip in the air, particularly morning and nights. However, experts say winter will set in after 10 days.With this being an year of La Nina, also referred to as the cold phase, more cold days are likely this winter season.Mahesh Palavat, chief meteorologist at Skymet weather, said, “No significant snowfall has been recorded in the Himalayan region this year. Cold and severe cold will start in Gujarat once there is a significant snowfall. At present, northeasterly and northerly winds, which are dry in nature, are prevailing across Gujarat.”Director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD), Ahmedabad, Jayanta Sarkar, said, “There is a dip in temperature by one to two degree Celsius. City will experience chill after November 15.”IMPACT ON AIR QUALITYAhmedabad starts to witness temperature below 10 degree in December. Low temperature may affect the air quality. Priya Dutta, senior research associate at Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Gandhinagar, said, “Cold air traps pollutant, which is known as inversion. At present, some parts of the city are witnessing poor air quality. The severe the winter with low temperature, the poorer the quality of air would be and the more widespread the phenomenon.”As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) website, on Sunday, Air Quality Index (AQI) of Ahmedabad was 163 as against the normal of 100. It also stated the air in Ahmedabad was unhealthy.LOW TEMPERATURE TO HAVE ILL EFFECTSAhmedabad starts to witness temperature below 10 degree in December. Low temperature may affect the air quality.
As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) website, on Sunday, Air Quality Index (AQI) of Ahmedabad was 163 as against the normal of 100. It also stated the city air asunhealthy
With this being an year of La Nina, also referred to as the cold phase, more cold days are likely this winter season. However, the cold is due to set in after 10 days.

Pollution woes: Non-metro cities on respirator too

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The onset of winter is yet to begin but Delhi has already begun to choke. The Capital’s air-quality index has already entered the very poor category and is expected to be in severe range in the coming days.While the judiciary, executive and even citizens have swung into action to fight Delhi-National Capital Region’s (NCR), pollution woes across India’s non-metropolitan cities remain equally grave.Data from the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) continuous and manual air-quality monitoring stations show that from September till now, cities across north, northwest and few in southern India have experienced bad air days for most of the days, as particulate matter (PM) pollution has exceeded the safe limits.Days when the air quality exceeds pollution norms are categorized as ‘bad air days’. Also, pollution levels begin to deteriorate from September onward as monsoon begins to recede.The problem is particularly acute in North India and especially along the Indo-Gangetic plains as factors such as meteorological conditions, crop residue burning, industries and vehicular emissions deteriorate combine to worsen the air-quality. CPCB data shows that Amritsar, Rohtak, Patna, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Moradabad, Jaipur and Visakhapatnam saw PM pollution in the poor to severe category between September and now, even before winter peaks.”Due to severe road congestion, dust and vehicular emission are two of the biggest sources of pollution in Varanasi. We have only one automatic air-quality monitoring station and five manual monitoring stations”, said AK Singh, regional officer, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board. PM 2.5 is particulate matter that is smaller than 2.5 microns while PM10 is particulate matter smaller than 10 microns.The recent data affirms CPCB’s past findings that non-metro cities and those with million plus population are breathing equally bad air. In fact, a CPCB study carried out in 2015 and released last year had revealed that people in 41 Indian cities with a million plus population breathed bad quality air during 58% of the days when the ambient air was monitored.”We are exceeding norms of PM pollution on most days, excepting the monsoon season,” scientists from the pollution regulator CPCB said.They added that curbing pollution in non-metro cities is one of their key focus areas and that installation of more automatic monitoring stations is the first step in that direction.Currently, there are 40 operational automatic and air-quality monitoring stations and over 300 manual ones across towns and cities.Up in smogNumber of days when PM10/PM2.5 levels crossed the prescribed standard between September 1 and October 18 (Total of 48 days) PM10 is Particulate matter smaller than 10 micron and PM 2.5 is particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micron) These particles are so small that they can get into the lungs and bloodstream, potentially causing serious health problems.Safe limit: 100 microgram/metre cube Source: CPCB

CPCB guidelines on landfill monitoring

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To tackle the pervasive problem of odour emanating from landfill sites, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has brought out the first-of-its-kind guidelines on odour monitoring and management in urban landfill sites. The guidelines are significant as it signals that the top pollution control authority is finally taking cognisance of the impact of odour on environment and human health, and also because it is based on a study at Ghazipur landfill site.The study found the presence of odorous compounds such as ammonia, mercaptan, hydrogen sulphide and Butyric acid at the landfill. Last week, a collapse at the Ghazipur landfill had killed two persons.The guidelines have delved into several aspects of odour, ranging from its impact on health to providing a roadmap to remedial measures and prevent odour.The CPCB’s detailed report and guidelines said that the olfactory cells are linked to the areas of the brain that control emotions and memory processes.Offensive odours therefore have an impact on the health and well-being of humans depending on the duration of exposure.”At sufficiently high concentrations, odorous compounds may have a direct effect on human health. Also, an individual’s health may suffer indirectly due to stress associated with odour impact,” the CPCB report said.Anxiety, vomiting, headache, nausea, restriction in outdoor activities, discomfort to elders and children and lack of sleep are some of the effects of exposure to odour from landfills. The high presence of ammonia can cause of irritation in lungs while prolonged exposure can cause chronic bronchitis.The CPCB selected the Ghazipur landfill for the study because of the concentration of fish market, chicken market, slaughter house, a dairy — all emit significant odour — around it.The CPCB guidelines say thorough planning of landfills is essential for preventing odour while decentralised processing of waste can reduce odour. It will be mandatory to develop green belts around landfill sites and buffer areas between the sites and urban settlements, as per the guidelines.”Capping of areas having potential odour generation with suitable cover shall be adopted. For waste utilisation process, where on-site sorting of waste is required, use of properly designed closed system with vents for emitted gases should be adopted,” the guidelines say.The CPCB also said there was a need to create and maintain a baseline data on odour which would help in legislative norms. It added that like air pollution, there is a need to continuously monitor odour.CAPPING THE STINKThe CPCB, for the first time, issues guidelines to monitor odour at landfill sites
The guidelines are based on a study on the impact of odour at Ghazipur landfill

Draft emission norms for diesel locomotives in 2 weeks: CPCB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has told the National Green Tribunal that the draft emission standards for diesel locomotives will be finalised within two weeks. The apex pollution monitoring body told a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar that it would place the interim norms before August 30, the next date of hearing. “The counsel appearing for CPCB submits that within two weeks the interim guidelines will be placed on record,” the bench noted. The lawyer appearing for CPCB said the emission standards for diesel locomotives were still to be decided and they would send to the MoEF after finalisation. The submission came in the wake of the green panel’s direction to set standards in this regard and ensure that the railway locomotive engines don’t cause pollution. The CPCB’s interim report, titled “Exhaust Emission Benchmarks for Diesel Locomotives on Indian Railways”, aims to fix standards and protocols for the sector to achieve the targets submitted by India under the Paris climate change agreement. According to the report, the contribution of emissions from the transport sector on the whole has risen 3.5 times since 1990 to stand at 250 million tonne carbon dioxide, or 13.5 per cent of the total emissions in 2013. The Railways contributed 9.7 per cent of this figure (24.7 million tonne). Globally, however, only 3.5 per cent of the emissions from the transport sector are attributed to the rail sector, CPCB’s report said. “The changes in the energy sources allowed for a reduction of the share of rail transport carbon dioxide emissions from 24 per cent in 1990 to less than 10 per cent in 2013, while rail activity doubled in the same period,” the draft report by CPCB said. Earlier, the tribunal had directed MoEF to hold a meeting with the CPCB and Railways and submit a report on emission standards for diesel locomotive within six weeks. However, when the matter came up for hearing, the Environment Ministry sought more time, saying “the standards are yet to be fixed and one year’s time is required for completion”. The Railways had earlier submitted international standards for emissions from diesel locomotive railway engines and filed a data sheet indicating the emissions from 30 railway engines. According to the data sheet, the emission levels in the tested 30 railway engines were much above international standards. The directions came during the hearing a petition filed by Dwarka resident S K Goyal about harmful emissions from diesel locomotives.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Unemployment major challenge, but govt taking steps to address

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today termed unemployment in the state as a major challenge, but said her government is taking steps to overcome the problem. “Unemployment is a major challenge. (But) the government is taking many steps to tide over the challenge. The private sector is being encouraged to invest in the state and entrepreneurship is being promoted among the youth to generate more job avenues. This is in addition to development of sectors like tourism, handicrafts and horticulture which also have a high employability rate,” she said. Mehbooba was addressing a public gathering after distributing engagement orders under the Rehbar-e-Janglat (ReJ) scheme among the 534 forestry graduates. The chief minister asked them to use their professional qualification and expertise to undertake innovative means to ensure that depletion of green cover in the state is arrested. Mehbooba praised the Forest Department for planting a sizeable chunk of fruit trees in the forest areas to avoid wild animals from moving out in search of food, thus minimising the chances of man-animal conflict. The chief minister, on the occasion, also launched the online consent management and monitoring system of the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB). This would enable issuance of online permission certificates in favour of intending unit holders, she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT directs AAP govt to immediately devise mechanism to deal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has directed the AAP government to convene an immediate meeting to decide a detailed mechanism for dealing with the waste lying at various overflowing landfill sites in Delhi. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered the chief secretary of Delhi government to hold the meeting and come out with a complete mechanism to reduce the accumulated waste which was over 50 feet in height at some sites and address issues related to it. “We direct the chief secretary, NCT Delhi to hold a meeting immediately and submit report in relation to dumped waste at Bhalswa, Okhla and Ghazipur. “If the meeting has not already been held and complete clarification in that behalf including reduction in huge dump and utility of the waste deposited in these sites. Complete methodology and process to be adopted in this regard should be specified,” the bench said. The matter is fixed for next hearing on July 25. Noting that Delhi generated over 14,000 tonnes of garbage a day, the tribunal had earlier rapped the Delhi government for lack of infrastructure to deal with “mountain dumps” of decaying garbage at various landfill sites in the city. It had directed the AAP government to apprise the tribunal of the steps it has taken to lower the height of the garbage dumps at Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla landfill sites, saying these were a source of air and water pollution. The tribunal had last year constituted a committee to look into the working of waste-to-energy plants in the national capital. It had also asked the Central Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to approach the Delhi government to provide more landfill sites in the city and maintain them strictly in accordance with the Solid Waste Management Rules of 2016.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT raps Delhi govt over illegal industries in Northwest Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has rapped the Delhi government and the civic bodies for not giving details of the illegal industries sealed by them in Northwest Delhi. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim took exception to the SDM of the area concerned not filing action taken report despite its specific direction. The green panel ordered the officials to file an affidavit and apprise it about the industries which have been shut down for running without requisite permissions and causing air pollution. “Despite our order, directing SDM to file action taken report is absent and no acceptable submission is made on behalf of respondents. Hence, we direct the SDM concerned to file affidavit and explain the lapses,” the bench said, listing the matter for next hearing on August 9. Earlier, the NGT had directed Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and North Delhi Municipal Corporation to jointly inspect the area and submit a detailed report. It had also directed DPCC to also state whether they had given consent to operate to any of these units and, if not, then what action they have taken for all these years. The order came on the plea of city resident Krishan Kumar seeking closure of illegal industries in Prahladpur Bangar area of Rohini in West Delhi on the ground that these were causing air pollution. The plea claimed that numerous industrial units were operating in residential areas without consent from DPCC and the authorities have turned “blind eye” towards them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Work out action plan to utilise sewage after treatment:Vardhan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan today asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to work out an action plan to utilise sewage from industries after its treatment. The minister also reviewed the overall work being done by the CPCB apart from assessing the work of National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD). “Asked the CPCB for compilation of good case studies and work out an action plan for utilisation of sewage in industries post proper treatment,” Vardhan tweeted. “The said meeting was with respect to cleaning of selected rivers and directed the concerned to work out an action plan for effectiveness,” the minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Minister assures comensatory digging of lake in Ramsar site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the face of objections by environmentalists over use of East Kolkata wetlands, a Ramsar site, West Bengal environment minister Sovan Chatterjee today said he was ready for discussion with all stakeholders for a fly-over project connecting Kolkata Airport to Science City. The vital project requires construction of some pillars over the wetlands, which spans 12,000 hectares or 18 lakh cottahs, for which a ‘miniscule’ 10-12 cottahs will be used, according to the minister. Chatterjee, also the city’s Mayor, explained that the fly-over would save motorists 45 km of travel time and also avert congestion. Speaking at an event of the West Bengal Pollution Control Board to mark the World Environment Day today, he said that the government was ready to hold talks with all stakeholders, including environmentalists, for the project to take off to “benefit everyone”. The minister said, “A 25-cottah lake could be dug up in the adjoining areas of the same mouza to compensate for the loss of 10-12 cottahs for the project, but let’s take the Rs 550-600 crore project forward.” The fly-over is proposed to be executed by HIDCO, New Town Development Authority and the KMDA.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT for construction of toilets in unauthorised colonies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has directed Delhi’s municipal corporations to submit a list of all unauthorised colonies in the city where there is a shortage of toilets and people as a result indulge in open defecation. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the corporations to identify places near railway tracks and floodplains of the Yamuna where such toilets could be provided to prevent open defecation in these areas. “We also direct the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, East Delhi Municipal Corporation and North Delhi Municipal Corporation to submit list of the unauthorised colonies where there is shortage of toilets,” the bench said. The green panel asked the Central Pollution Control Board, the local authorities and industries, who are liable to pay environmental compensation for damaging the environemnt, to construct toilets in the specified colonies which will be maintained by the respective local corporations. During the hearing, CPCB informed the NGT that it has received nearly Rs 35 crore till April in pursuance to various orders passed by the tribunal. On May 19, the NGT had banned open defecation and dumping of waste on the floodplains of the Yamuna and announced an environment compensation of Rs 5,000 for those who violated the order. The apex environment watchdog also directed the Delhi government and other authorities to restore and revive the water bodies in different parts of the national capital and turn them into places of tourist attraction.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Handling of bio-medical waste: NGT issues notice to IBHAS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has sought response from the Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS) and others on a plea alleging that the hospital was recklessly handling bio-medical waste and causing air pollution by burning garbage in the open. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the IHBAS and its director, Delhi Jal Board Delhi Pollution Control Committee, Central Pollution Control Board and sought their reply before June 15. The order came on the plea filed by a city resident, through advocate Siddhartha Singh, claiming that IBHAS was violating the Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules, 2016 and improperly handling the waste generated during patient care. The plea has claimed that segregation of waste in IHBAS was not satisfactory and storage of bio-medical waste is not done in isolated area and proper hygiene is not maintained. It has alleged that rag pickers are allowed unauthorised transportation of waste by the hospital through routes passing through patient care areas. Singh has also sought imposition of fine or penalty on IBHAS for the damage caused to the environment. IBHAS does not have an operational sewage treatment plant and no proper waste treatment and disposal facilities are available at the hospital, the petitioner said. “Direct the respondents to seal all the illegal bore- wells running in their premises to stop further destruction of soil of the land and deconcretise all trees immediately with help of experts in the field,” the plea said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

HC queries authorities on ground water contamination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Concerned over the possibility of ground water contamination in the city due to industrial units in residential areas, the Delhi High Court today asked the authorities what steps they were taking to prevent it. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Navin Chawla issued notices to the Central Ground Water Board, Delhi government, Delhi Pollution Control Board and various civic bodies of the national capital and sought their stand by May 25. It queried the authorities after taking cognisance of a news report about discharge of carcinogenic chemicals by cloth dyeing units in Mustafabad locality of northeast Delhi. The report published in a national daily states that the untreated effluents are contaminating ground water, which is the main source of drinking water in the area, and that it is being linked to the high rate of cancer there. The bench expressed displeasure over the dyeing units operating in residential area and said, “This is happening because nobody wants to get out of their offices and see what is happening in the areas under their jurisdiction”. “None of the agencies are working properly, even the MCDs are not performing their duty as per the statutory provisions under the law,” it said, adding that there is not even a water policy in the country. It asked all the authorities to inform it whether they have taken any steps to prevent such activities in Delhi. The news report states that though no study has been conducted in this Mustafabad locality, locals trace the genesis of the abnormal rate of cancer to toxic chemicals used by the denim dyeing units. Shocked to learn from the report that the locality is known as ‘cancer colony’, the bench observed, “the issue is of large environment concern”. Two deaths and eight suspected tumour cases have been detected in the locality “Release of poisonous substance from these industries may not only impact the ground water in that area, but it may soon spread over other part of the city,” the bench said. It directed the Delhi government to place a preliminary report with regard to the impact on the health of residents in and around Mustafabad area due to such units. It also asked the Delhi government to ensure that proper medical facility is made available to the residents of the area. It observed that the “genesis of the problem is misuse of properties by the people”. The court noted that the residents of the locality depend on borewells and it is quite likely that the acids, dyes and untreated effluents discharged into the drain eventually seep into the ground water.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa:Sonshi mines may face GSPCB action over high air pollution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It may be the end of the road for 12 iron-ore mines in Sonshi village of North Goa, if they fail to furnish a bank guarantee here tomorrow before the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), which has deferred renewal of their leases for this mining season over rising air pollution. Mining operations in Sonshi have been suspended since April 28 after these mine lease holders were found to be involved in violation of environmental norms. Also, the GSPCB has kept on hold the renewal of leases of these mines under the Air and Water Pollution (control) Act, following protests by locals complaining about severe air pollution in the village. The Board, in its last meeting, had asked the mining firms to furnish a bank guarantee which would be forfeited if they indulge in polluting the air during their operations. The next meeting is scheduled tomorrow. “If the mining firms fail to furnish the bank guarantee in the meeting scheduled tomorrow, they will not be allowed to operate (this season),” a senior GSPCB official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bengaluru: Bellandur lake catches fire again, thick fog surrounds area

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bellandur lake in Bengaluru caught fire on Sunday. Thick fogs engulfed the area. The last time it had caught fire was less than two months ago.Over a fortnight ago, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed immediate and complete shutdown of industries around Bengaluru’s Bellandur lake where a mound of garbage was set on fire earlier in February.Expressing displeasure over the steps taken by the different state government agencies for revival of Bellandur lake in Bengaluru, the National Green Tribunal asked the Karnataka Government to clean the lake within a month.The National Green Tribunal also raised questions as to why action was not taken to block the entry of sewerage water despite repeated reminders from the State Pollution Control Board.Bellandur lake, the largest of the 262 lakes and tanks in Bengaluru, receives about 40 percent of the city’s sewage.With inputs from PTI.

Mining firms told to temporarily stop iron ore transportation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has asked 12 mining firms to stop transportation of iron ore through Sonshi village till May 5. The direction came after the residents of the village in Sattari taluka, located 45km from Panaji, complained of dust pollution caused by transportation of iron ore. All these firms have operations around Sonshi. The GSPCB officials took the decision at a meeting this evening attended by representatives of these firms and senior bureaucrats. The persistent dust pollution had led the villagers to launch an agitation during which they blocked trucks carrying iron ore last month. Forty-five villagers, including women, were arrested for blocking the trucks carrying iron ore. They later refused to sign the bail bond and stayed in jail for 13 days. The matter was resolved after intervention by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who assured to look into their problem. “Last week, GSPCB refused to grant consent to 12 out of 13 mining leases in the village to operate and asked them to furnish detailed plans to curb the dust pollution,” GSPCB member-secretary Lavinson Martins told reporters. “During the meeting, the mining companies submitted their respective plans. These plans would be discussed in the next meeting on May 5 and till then they have been asked to stop transportation of iron ore through Sonshi,” he said. Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma chaired the meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

EPCA expresses concern over farm fires, dipping air quality

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court-mandated EPCA today expressed concern over falling air quality in the national capital against the backdrop of farm residue burning gaining pace across the northern region. The EPCA (Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority), that spearheads crucial anti-pollution measures, also warned the state governments of the northern states to stop being in “denial” and get their act together. EPCA chairman Bhure Lal asked the state governments of Punjab and Haryana to consider setting up air quality monitoring centres in rural areas so that people realise the enormity of the situation before setting their fields on fire. He said the states need to explore, on a war-footing, measures to wean farmers away from the practice of burning crop residue and dismissed the contention of Punjab and Haryana that the situation was not “that bad”. “The situation has to be tackled. It is going out of hand. We have to stop being in denial and desist from jugglery of numbers to paint a rosy picture,” he told the representatives of the states in a meeting of the body. According to EPCA data, around 10 per cent of the days since March 1 have witnessed “very poor” air quality while the rest have seen AQI (air quality index) in the moderate to poor categories. “It is also to be noted that the days when air quality was ‘very poor’, wind speed was also very low. The situation is gradually turning bad,” an EPCA member said. In the meeting, it was decided that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) will monitor air quality on a regular basis and advice the SC-appointed body to further firm up measures if required. According to satellite data, the agricultural landscape of Punjab and Haryana is dotted with fires billowing out pollutant-laden smoke as farmers have set fire to the residues of the Rabi crop to usher in the Kharif season. In fact, according to the data of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the practice seems to have spread across the country and the situation was grim in parts of Central India. The Comprehensive Action Plan for air pollution, drafted by the EPCA which has been submitted to the Supreme Court, has pitched for a strict enforcement of ban on burning of agriculture waste and crop residues. Prolonged exposure to ‘very poor’ category air may cause respiratory illness, CPCB guidelines say. Children, elderly and the sick are considered most vulnerable to the harmful effects of hazardous air.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT orders immediate closure of industries near Bengaluru lake

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal today directed an immediate and complete shutdown of all industries around Bengaluru’s Bellandur Lake where a mound of garbage was set on fire in February this year. Slamming the local civic bodies for inaction, a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also banned dumping of any kind of municipal solid waste around the lake and announced an environment compensation of Rs 5 lakh on anyone found dumping waste in and around the lake. “All the industries located in the vicinity of Bellandur Lake and discharging effluent are hereby directed to be closed… “No industry is permitted to operate unless inspection by a joint inspection team is conducted and analysis of effluent is found to be within the permissible limits,” the bench, which also comprised Justice R S Rathore, said. The green panel ordered the State Pollution Control Board to seal the industries which are violating the directions. The tribunal had yesterday taken objection to a legal opinion by the state government while interpreting its May 4, 2016 order that had increased the buffer zone of lakes from 30 metres to 75 metres in Bengaluru. Earlier, the NGT had lashed out at the Karnataka government and its agencies responsible for maintenance of the Bellandur lake, asking them why they should not be prosecuted for negligence following the recent outbreak of fire in the waterbody. It had earlier issued notice to the Union Environment Ministry, the Karnataka government, Lake Authority of Bangalore, state pollution control board and Central Pollution Control Board in the case. On February 20, the NGT had taken suo motu cognisance of media reports and photographs of the incident in which fire broke out in the Bengaluru lake. “It is reported that there were thick clouds of smoke which severely hit traffic and people living around the lake. It is also reported that usually a pile of garbage around the lake is set on fire and there was total panic. “Undoubtedly, such emissions are bound to be have an adverse impact on environment, ecology and human health. It is a matter which requires serious investigation, remedial measures and restoration of the lake to its original wholesome status,” it had said. Thick cloud of white smoke persisted in the air around Bellandur Lake in Bengaluru after the blaze in a garbage mound around it on February 16.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1.8 billion people using contaminated drinking water: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over a billion people in the country are using contaminated drinking water, the Environment Ministry said on the occasion of World Water Day today as it stressed on sustainable management of freshwater resources. Environment Secretary Ajay Narayan Jha, inaugurated an exhibition ‘Jal Hai To Kal Hai’ aimed at creating awareness on conservation of water. The theme of World Water Day 2017 is ‘Wastewater’. “Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio,” the ministry said a statement. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22 , 1993 as the first World Water Day. The exhibition on water conservation was organized by the National Museum of Natural History, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Central Ground Water Board (CGWB).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Waste burning worst for public health, environment: NGT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Waste dumping sites produce harmful gases and when put on fire, it becomes the worst for public health and the environment, the National Green Tribunal has said. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar made the observation while forming a committee headed by the secretary of Delhi government’s Urban Development department to inspect and file a report on indiscriminate burning of waste in dumping sites at Ghazipur and Bhalswa areas here. “Needless to note that these dumping sites, even without being put on fire, generate gases which are injurious to the environment and public health. Once they are put on fire, intentionally or otherwise, to reduce the quantum of dumped waste at site, certainly becomes worst, both for human health and environment,” the tribunal said. It noted that the emission of gases visibly were highly polluting and dangerous to human health. The bench asked the panel to submit a report by tomorrow after taking note of various photographs showing dumps of waste “which are already much beyond the prescribed limit and are on fire”. “We therefore constitute a Committee consisting of Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board, Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee and Chief Engineers of the respective Municipal Corporations,” it said. The tribunal said the report should be specific and comprehensive and the panel should collect air and gas samples which would be analysed in relation to all its possible constituents. The NGT also asked the panel to report why its earlier directions were not complied with. In its order, the tribunal said that “if any step had been taken in that direction, the corporation and NCT, Delhi would be at liberty to bring it to the notice of the Committee.” “If no such submission is made before the Committee, it shall be presumed that no step whatsoever have been taken in furtherance to those judgments. If steps taken are brought to the notice of the Committee, it shall verify the same upon physical inspection of the site. Inspection should be completed continuously, if necessary tomorrow or day after,” it said. The NGT also appointed advocate Rahul Khurana as an observer who shall also be a member of the committee and listed the matter for further hearing on March 9.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

E-waste burning: NGT orders inspection of Ganga floodplains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has directed inspection of Ganga flood plains to probe dumping and burning of waste after a plea alleged illegal processing of electronic waste on the banks of Ramganga in western UP. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed officials from the Environment Ministry, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and state pollution control board to jointly inspect the area and submit a report before March 24. “In the meanwhile, the joint inspection team of CPCB, UPPCB and Ministry of Environment and Forests would submit a report before the tribunal which will report amongst others whether direction issued under Section 5 of Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 by CPCB have been complied within its entire spirit or not and what is the status of pollutant being dumped and burning on the flood plain of Ganga as well as the status of the illegal industries,” the bench said. The tribunal was hearing a petition filed by scientist Mahendra Pandey seeking action against illegal processing of electronic waste in Moradabad, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur districts of Uttar Pradesh along river Ramganga, an important tributary of the Ganges. “Large number of people are involved in unscientific dismantling, crude chemical leaching of printed circuit boards, burning of wires/waste electrical and electronic components, grinding of residues, washing of metal rich residue (milled black powder) on the banks of Ramganga,” the plea, filed through advocate Gaurav Bansal, had said. Referring to various studies, the petitioner had said that copper levels were five times higher in five different soil samples collected near Ramganga, while chromium level was twice the Canadian standard and cadmium was 1.3 times. The results were similar for water samples taken from the river where mercury levels were found to be eight times higher, which also had traces of arsenic, it had said. The plea had sought setting up a monitoring committee to ensure prohibition of illegal electronic waste processing along the river and placing on record all relevant material and documents relating to the steps taking by authorities to prevent the pollution in the river.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT notice to Centre, Haryana on noise pollution in Gurugram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Gurugram resident today moved the National Green Tribunal alleging noise pollution in the area where she resides prompting the green panel to seek replies from the Centre and the Haryana government. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim issued notices to the Environment Ministry, Haryana government, Central Pollution Control Board, state pollution control board and others while seeking their replies in two weeks. The matter is posted for next hearing on March 20. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Somika Chandhok, who resides on the sixth floor of GPL Eden Heights at Sector 70 in Gurgaon, alleging that central park in front of her apartment was being commercially used for functions including DJ nights and ‘dandia’ which causes noise pollution. “The illegal action of the respondents in holding events for commercial gains in green area and the inaction of the respondents on the complaints made by the applicant over the last two years have resulted in damage to green environment in the society leading to conversion of the green area into a barren land with no green grass left on the park,” the plea said. Chandhok, in her plea filed through advocate Jai Gupta, has sought stay on use of green area for any commercial purpose which could damage the greens and violate the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000. “Issue instructions and guidelines to all residential complexes and RWAs, to create awareness among all residents in their respective societies the importance to curb noise pollution and ways to implement Noise Pollution (Regulation Control) Rules 2000,” it said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT orders inspection of illegal industries in Northwest Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has directed inspection of industries in Northwest Delhi after a plea alleged that many units were running without requisite permission and causing air pollution. A bench headed by NGT chief Justice Swatanter Kumar directed Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and North Delhi Municipal Corporation to jointly inspect the area and submit a detailed report. “We direct joint inspection team of DPCC,CPCB and North Delhi Municipal Corporation should immediately inspect the entire area. They shall give a complete and comprehensive report in relation to what type of industries are carry on their business in that area, what is the nature of business, what pollutants are generated and would also take samples of emissions and analyse the same and submit the report. “From the photographs on record, it is evident that illegal and unauthorised industrial activity is going on in that area,” it said. It directed that DPCC would also state whether they had given consent to operate to any of these units and, if not, then what action they have taken for all these years. “Let report be submitted to the tribunal positively within two weeks,” the bench said and listed the matter for next hearing on March 1. The order came on the plea of city resident Krishan Kumar seeking closure of illegal industries in Prahladpur Bangar area in Rohini on the ground that these were causing air pollution. The plea claimed that numerous industrial units were operating in residential areas without due consent from DPCC and the authorities have turned “blind eye” towards them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT directs CPCB to submit report on composition of manja

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to submit a complete analysis report on the composition of kite strings coated with glass, popular as ‘manja’, and its harmful effects on human health and environment. A bench headed by NGT chief Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the apex pollution monitoring body to file a detailed report in this regard including the “acceptable” grade of manja before February 16, the next date of hearing. It also asked CPCB to submit whether nylon thread of any ply, which is claimed to be biodegradable, is degradable or not and prescribe what standards of “tensile strength, thickness or other parameters should be recommended for manja”. “The Central Pollution Control Board submits that they would place the report of analysis. It is directed to submit a complete report in this regard including the acceptable grade before the tribunal positively before the next date of hearing,” the bench said. The tribunal had earlier imposed interim nationwide ban on use of glass-coated ‘manja’ for flying kites, noting that the sharp string poses a danger to humans, animals and birds. “We hereby direct that in the entire country there shall be prohibition on procuring, stocking, sale and use of nylon thread which is also called Chinese dori or Chinese manja and other synthetic threads coated with glass and such other harmful substances for kite flying,” it had said. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by animal rights body People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) seeking nationwide ban on manja as the thread posed grave threat to humans and animals. PETA had averred that minor children were engaged by the cottage industry for the manufacture of manja which caused respiratory problems as they inhaled harmful substances which were extremely detrimental to their health.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NGT to hear plea on recent oil spill off Tamil Nadu coast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The issue of a recent oil spill off the coast of Tamil Nadu that is posing a threat to environment and health of local residents has gone to the National Green Tribunal with a plea seeking compensation and seizure of the vessels. The petition, which is likely to be heard by a bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar on Monday, has also sought constitution of an expert committee to oversee and monitor the entire clean up process and assess the damage caused to the environment. “The fish and all the other aquatic animals have become victims to the widespread disaster caused by the two vessels as a result of their negligence,” the plea filed by one Ashwini Kumar through advocate Sumeer Sodhi said. The petition has made the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the Ministry of Shipping, the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary, the TN State Pollution Control Board as parties. It has also made parties the owners of the offending ships, including Gurgaon-based Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. On January 28, 2017, two merchant vessels — MV Maple Galaxy, owned by Tokio Marine Holding Inc. and under charter party contract with Indian Oil Corporation, collided with vessel MT Dawn Kanchipuram, operated by unknown persons near the Port of Kamarajar in Ennore, Tamil Nadu. The collision led to a massive spill of hazardous oil and LPG near the shoreline “causing severe damage to the ecosystem in the area and which will eventually become toxic for marine life in and around the place of incident and further result in health and other damage to the residents of the vicinity,” the plea said. The petitioner has sought seizure of both the offending merchant vessels until their owners pay adequate compensation for the damage to the environment caused by them, and that a panel be constituted to oversee and monitor the entire clean up process and assess the damage caused to the environment. “It is imperative that the respondents pay compensation for restitution and restoration of the environment and ecology and further compensate the affected people who have not only lost their livelihood but are also prone to disease and unascertained consequences,” the plea said. MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fire companies move SC, seek modification of ban on sale of firecrackers’ verdict

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A total of 100 firecracker companies moved the Supreme Court on Monday seeking modification of its earlier order which had put a ban on selling of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. The Firecracker Association, earlier in December last year moved the apex court, challenging its earlier order of banning firecrackers in Delhi-NCR. On November 25 last year, the apex court banned the sale of fire crackers in Delhi and NCR region until further notice in wake of the alarming air pollution in the region. The top court had asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to file a reply within three months regarding the harmful effects of fire crackers. The apex court is also mulling on the decision of imposing a national ban on manufacture of fireworks. In tune with the same, the apex court has given three months to the CPCB to file a report regarding “composition and content” of fireworks. The thick smog, formed by burning of firecrackers and emissions from other sources, enveloped the entire region to the extent of raising the level of air pollution 16 times than what is considered safe by the Indian Government. Last year, the plea regarding the same was rejected by the court with the view that the sudden ban would restrict citizens’ rights.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘What are you doing to the hills?’ NGT to Himachal Government

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the Himachal Pradesh government and its tourism department on its plans to build a hotel in Kasauli, the cantonment town in Solan district. The three-member principal bench, headed by justice Swatanter Kumar, questioned the state officials as to why permissions were granted in the fragile hill area that is also facing water scarcity.NGT chairperson posed question to the officials after the additional solicitor general, appearing for the petitioner, pointed out that bore-wells were permitted in an area where water levels have dipped drastically. “What are you doing to the hills? The hill-area is ecologically sensitive. Even your affidavit points that out. Why are these five-six storey buildings being allowed?” justice Kumar said. The bench also issued notices to other hotel projects in the area on Wednesday.The NGT bench made the observations while hearing a plea filed by the Society for Preservation of Kasauli and Its Environs, a non-profit organisation. The plea before the Tribunal has sought quashing of permissions that have been granted to build a 42-room hotel and allied facilities like a restaurant, conference hall and parking.Appearing on behalf of the petitioner, Additional Solicitor General PS Patwalia argued that the Himachal Pollution Control Board did not take into deficiencies in the sewage system and did not study the groundwater situation either. The bench was informed that 2,000 litre water would be drawn out through the bore-well in an hour. The bore-well for the hotel was also sanctioned without prior permissions and besides that, 5-6 storeys and other constructions will be happen on just two acres of land, the ASG said.According to the plea, the hotel project is allegedly in violation of the Kasauli revised development plan and claimed that the state tourism department did not carry out any Environment Impact assessment as is required under Kasauli Development Plan.

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