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NGT directs Ministry to augment steps for effective monitoring of EC conditions

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In a landmark order, the National Green Tribunal had asked the Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to take effective steps to discharge its constitutional obligation to advance the mechanism of “precautionary” and sustainable development as well as public trust while dealing with compliance of condition as laid down by ECs (environmental clearance). The NGT was discussing “steps to be taken for effectiveness of monitoring mechanism for compliance of conditions of Environmental Clearance (EC) as per Notification dated 14.09.2006 under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986”, in OA no 837/2018, Sandeep Mittal vs MoEFF&CC & others.

The NGT said that “Environment Impact Assessment or EIA is an essential component of the ‘Precautionary’ as well as the ‘Sustainable Development’ principles. Laying down conditions for EC based on appraisal is not enough unless compliance thereof is duly monitored and ensured with a view to achieve the said object.”

The Tribunal over the years had been burdened by cases related to non-compliance of conditions of EC and lack of monitoring mechanism with regard to pollution and other violations by the authorities, namely the Ministry, state agencies like SEIAA and SPCBs and Central agency like CPCB. After due deliberations last year it had emerged before the Tribunal that no adequate mechanisms for effective and periodical monitoring were put in place due to which environmental violations were rampant in all categories of projects.

The Tribunal also took note of Supreme Court judgment in T.N. Godavarman Thirumulpad Vs. Union of India & Ors. (2014) 4 SCC 61 and Lafarge Umiam Mining Private Limited Vs. Union of India, (2011) 7 SCC 338 that power of the regulator under Section 3(3) of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 is coupled with duty and there is a need for effective monitoring mechanism, the Supreme Court also observed that there is poor monitoring and there are huge gaps in laying down of conditions and enforcement thereof.

The NGT also said that project monitoring apropos of environmental compliance be done at least twice in a year for A category projects and at least once for all other category projects.

However, after the MoEF&CC submission that there “are certain proposals to strengthen the monitoring mechanism,” the NGT bench comprising Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel and others lamented that the MoEFF&CC submission “only shows insensitivity to the vital constitutional obligation despite repeated directions. Repeated plea of merely having such proposals, without effective enforcement on the ground can hardly be held to be satisfactory.”

The NGT in a scathing remark also averred that if the Ministry had taken effective steps why were these not presented during the hearing. It then directed the MoEF&CC to now take effective steps to discharge its Constitutional obligation to advance “Precautionary” and “Sustainable Development” principles and also the “Public Trust Doctrine”.

The matter will be further heard on December 17.

Written and compiled by Prasoon Pant

Delhi: Three robbers held by Sonia Vihar cops; 3 mobile phones and 2 country-made guns recovered

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With the arrest of  active robbers namely Nihal alias Harsh, son of Vinod Kumar who is a resident of H.no.-889, Janakpuri, Muzzafarnagar, U.P. Age 18 years, Karan, son of Satpal and a resident of Gali no. -8 Near Noor-E-Illahi petrol pump, Yamuna Vihar, Delhi, age 19 year and Israel, S/O Mohd. Harun R/O C-1/ 30- 1st floor Yamuna Vihar, Delhi Age 22 yrs. , the teams of Special Staff, North East District & PS Sonia Vihar have done a commendable job in detecting the armed robbery case of Sonia Vihar police station. It has led to curbing of further spate of robberies in the area.

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Delhi: Three robbers held by Maurya Enclave Thana staff

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With the arrest of three criminals Sunil, 27 yrs; Amit alias Miti Age 22 yrs, and Tarun alias Vivek, 22 yrs—who is an illegal arms supplier, the staff of Maurya Enclave police station has nabbed two robbers/snatchers and one illegal weapons supplier and also recovered a loaded semi-automatic sophisticated pistol with 3 live cartridges, one country-made pistol and 3 snatched mobiles.

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G’bad Mun. Commissioner takes pledge to protect cows on Raksha Bandhan

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Ghaziabad Municipal Commissioner, Dr Dinesh Chandra Singh today visited Nandi Park on occasion of Raksha Bandhan, where he oversaw facilities such as availability of proper fodder, water and cleanliness at the precincts. He praised the efforts of the staff working there and distributes sweets to them.

Singh also fed ‘Gur’ to the cows and also too a resolve to work towards their safety and well-being. He was accompanied by AMC Pramod Kumar, Nandi Park Incharge, Dr Anuj Kumar Singh and SFI Ashok Pal.

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Village folk of Gr Noida including adults, children celebrated rakhi by planting trees

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Residents of Greater Noida village celebrated Vrikshabandhan alongwith Rakshabandhan wherein a plantation drive was done by adults as well as children. According to local resident Pradeep Dahaliya who is working for tree conservation, in future brothers-sisters can celebrate this festival only if trees are saved and conserved.

The villagers came together to plant trees on a 130-mt-wide road wherein they tied rakhis to saplings and took a resolve to nurture these trees. This tree conservation drive saw the participation of many children from nearby villages. They planted a variety of trees, namely Jamun, guava, Arjun, Neem among others.

Dahaliya appealed to all brothers-sisters to tie rachis to the saplings and to take oath to save them and to nurture them so that these can grow. Many children including Ishan, Jai Kumar, Kunj, Vanshika Bhati, Ishu, Disha, Dishant, Bhavya Nagar, Jiya, Sachin, Dharmender, Abhishek, Chintu, Anuj, Shivam participated in the drive.

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G’bad: GNN staff falls in line after rap from Municipal Commissioner

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After Municipal Commissioner, Dr Dinesh Chandra Singh yesterday took note of lack of disposal of silt extracted from drains at Raj Nagar and Mohan Nagar area, today the said areas were cleaned up by the Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) teams. Singh himself was witness to it as he went out today at the same spots that were found to be littered yesterday. These areas are: drain near Gaur Mall at Raj Nagar and drain near Durga Temple in Mohan Nagar Zone where the silt disposal was being carried out during Singh’s visit.

The Municipal Commissioner also visited Nandi Park/ Gaushala at Nand Gram where although sanitation work was being carried out, but considering the rainy season these workers were instructed by Singh to bring more finesse in their work.

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G’bad: Vasundhara residents and local police chip in to plant flower saplings and medicinal plants

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A team of Safai Express volunteers of Vasundhara today organised a plantation drive in Sector 17, Vasundhara, wherein flower saplings and medicinal herbs were planted along a 200 metre stretch. The police staff of Prahladgarhi Police Chowki including SI Narpal Singh—Chowki Incharge—partook in the plantation drive. The representatives of Safai Muhim, another public association, also took part.

A variety of saplings comprising rose, Gudhal, Harsingar, Mogra, Tikoma, Laila-Majnu, Jatropha, Hamelia were planted. Trees are also being planted at a distance of 20 feet while flowers are being planted at a distance of 3 feet.

The drive started at 6 am, when volunteers of Safai Express and police staff dug up 70 planting holes on which manure made of cow dung was put and plantation was done. To save the trees from stray animals a fence made up of bamboo and coconut rope was put up. 

The team of Safai Express comprised Anil Sharma, Rajender Singh Bisht, Girish Sharma, Pramod Kumar, Rishank Pandey, Sunil Joshi, Manoj Nailwal, Harish Pundhir, Adesh Sharma, Gaurav Rawat, Praveen Kuamr, Mamta Pandey, Gautam Rawat, Ramesh Dhyani, Anil Singh Negi and Surendra Bisht, while from Safai Muhim BC Lohani and Amit Kishor took part.

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G’bad: Street vendors in Sec. 16 & 17 Vasundhara have no fear of GNN’s anti-polythene drive

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Although Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) on directions of Municipal Commissioner is conducting sporadic drives in the city against polythene carry bags, it is not having the desired effect on street vendors selling fruits & vegetables it seems.

One of the areas where polythene carry bags are being used rampantly is Vasundhara Sector 16, where street vendors and hawkers are back in fray, packing fruits and vegetable sin polythene carry bags with no fear of action from the GNN.

In fact, the NGT in an order previously and directed the GNN to clear the drain at Sector 16 that has been encroached upon by illegal shopowners as well as vendors after which the GNN had cleaned the drain on the NGT’s orders also warning the vendors not to choke the drain; however these vendors who are mostly scattered in Sector 16 and Sector 17 Vasundhara have no respect for the law and no fear of the GNN, it appears. Residents of the area point out that these vendors who are not Vasundhara residents put up their Thelas anywhere and sell vegetables, fruits and other areas at high rates. They also misbehave with the residents, they alleged.

The Vasundhara Zone officials of the GNN have taken little action against these vendors despite knowing well that they litter the place and are using polythene indiscriminately. These vendors do not follow Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 which makes them duty-bound to keep separate bins for disposal of their organic or biodegradable waste. The Rules also bind them not to litter the roads or pavements.

However despite all this the police and the GNN have so far not taken any concrete action to remove these vendors who are polluting the drain and wantonly using polythene carry bags despite a ban on them.

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G’bad: Special cleaning drive overseen by Municipal Commissioner

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To take stock of sanitation work being carried out by Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) in different zones, Municipal Commissioner, Dr Dinesh Chandra Singh today yet again took stock of various tasks.

At Raj Nagar near Gaur Mall and at Mohan Nagar near Durga Temple, it was found that silt extracted from drains had not been disposed of upon which Singh summoned the area SFIs and asked them to submit explanation about this laxity in work. They were also warned not to repeat this mistake again.

In view of Eid a special sanitation drive is on since yesterday under which in several wards sanitation, sanitisation, fogging, anti-larvae and cleaning drive was conducted. These wards are namely Ward 92, Kaila Bhatta, Ward 93 Kaila Islamnagar, Ward 95 Premnagar, Ward 22 Daulatpura Luharpura, Ward 17 Hindon Vihar and Ward 6 Nand Gram, Ward 71 Sanjay Nagar, Ward 18 Razapur, Ward 46 Duhai, Ward 86 among several other wards having substantial Muslim population. Many sanitation workers were also praised by the Municipal Commissioner for their noteworthy efforts.

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Delhi: Smuggler held with banned red sandalwood worth Rs 50 lakhs

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With the arrest of a smuggler namely Bhole Ram Kashyap, 44 yrs, resident of Uttar Pradesh, a huge quantity of banned red sandalwood logs have been recovered from his possession. The operation has been conducted by the team of Inspector Pankaj Arora, Special Investigation Unit – I, Crime Branch, Delhi.

A case vide FIR No. 101 dated 30.07.2020 under Section 379/411/120B Indian Penal Code, 1860, read with Section 2/33/42/52/64, Indian Forest Act, 1927, has been registered with Police Station Crime Branch, Delhi

Red Sandalwood or Red Sandersare or Rakht Chandan, one of the most valuable species of tree in Indian Forestry. This tree is valued for the rich red colour of its wood.

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