Environment & Biodiversity Current Affairs - 2019

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NGT announces Rs 5,000 fine for littering on railway property

National Green Tribunal (NGT) has announced a fine of Rs 5,000 on individuals spotted littering or throwing waste on the railway platforms and tracks.

It was announced by a NGT bench, headed by Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar.

In this regard NGT has passed a slew of directions to the Railways and other authorities for maintaining cleanliness on railway tracks.

The Tribunal directed the Railways and the Delhi Municipal Corporations to place dustbins after identifying exact locations for collection of garbage.

NGT also directed the Railways instead of directly releasing the garbage into sewer system they should collect, transport and treat the waste at the treatment plants. The tribunal also directed the concerned authorities to install mobile toilets near slum clusters in order to control pollution caused by plastic products and human defecation around railway tracks.

NGT gave the directions on a petition filed by lawyers Saloni Singh and Arush Pathania. The petitioners were seeking a blanket ban on use and sale of plastic products on railway platforms across the country besides a ban on open defecation by people around tracks.

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Union Environment Ministry revokes suspension of Goa mines

Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has revoked 3 year-old suspension of environmental clearances (ECs) of mines in Goa. It was announced by Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

This decision will pave the way for resumption of iron ore extraction in the state especially in 72 out of the total 89 approved mining leases.

MoEF decision to lift the ban on mining was taken as per the directives of the Supreme Court (SC).

With revocation of mining suspension, state government now will decide the ore extraction limits for individual miners so that mining output does not exceed the cap of 20 million tonnes (mt) set by SC.

Background

  • In 2012, then Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan had suspended ECs for 93 mining leases in Goa.
  • The ECs were suspended by her following the recommendations of report submitted by commission headed by former Supreme Court justice MB Shah.
  • The commission in its report had highlighted rampant illegal extraction of the raw material in the state. The suspension had completely halted the iron ore mining in the state.
  • In April 2014, SC had lifted this ban and had ruled that iron ore extraction in state will require clearances form MoEF and approval from the state government. The court also had set a cap of 20mt a year for all output in Goa.

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