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Former NGT chairman Swatanter Kumar says India needs concerted efforts to control air pollution, not more laws
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Former NGT chairman Swatanter Kumar says India needs concerted efforts to control air pollution, not more laws

Firstpost spoke to former National Green Tribunal chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar who, in his 5-year tenure, passed a series of orders to control air pollution in Delhi — including that to ban 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles.

Delhi air pollution: NGT rejects AAP govt's plea seeking to exempt two-wheelers from odd-even scheme
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Delhi air pollution: NGT rejects AAP govt's plea seeking to exempt two-wheelers from odd-even scheme

NGT dismissed the AAP government's review plea seeking an exemption for two-wheelers in the odd-even scheme, saying such a relaxation would defeat the purpose of improving Delhi's ambient air quality

NGT declares Amarnath cave shrine as silence zone, bans chanting of mantras and mobile phones near temple
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NGT declares Amarnath cave shrine as silence zone, bans chanting of mantras and mobile phones near temple

In a bid to preserve the eco- sensitive Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday declared it a "silence zone"

NGT slams Delhi govt for not filing action plan to counter air pollution, asks why cricket match with Sri lanka was held in capital
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NGT slams Delhi govt for not filing action plan to counter air pollution, asks why cricket match with Sri lanka was held in capital

The National Green Tribunal on Monday came down heavily on the Delhi government for not filing a comprehensive action plan on ways to deal with the air pollution

NGT lifts ban on construction activities, allows entry of trucks in Delhi-NCR region as capital breathes easier
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NGT lifts ban on construction activities, allows entry of trucks in Delhi-NCR region as capital breathes easier

NGT, however, refused to lift the ban on industrial activities causing pollution in the Delhi-National Capital Region

After Ghazipur landfill fire, NGT asks Delhi govt to convene meeting of stakeholders to avoid similar incidents
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After Ghazipur landfill fire, NGT asks Delhi govt to convene meeting of stakeholders to avoid similar incidents

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi chief secretary to convene a meeting of stakeholders to ensure that the landfill sites in the city do not catch fire and add to pollution.

NGT orders AAP government to submit status report on imposition of plastic ban Delhi
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NGT orders AAP government to submit status report on imposition of plastic ban Delhi

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday directed the Delhi government to strictly impose a fine of Rs 5,000 on those violating the plastic ban order.

National Green Tribunal summons top Karnataka govt officials over cleaning of Bellandur Lake
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National Green Tribunal summons top Karnataka govt officials over cleaning of Bellandur Lake

NGT has summoned top officials of the Karnataka government to explain what action they have taken to clean the Bellandur lake in Bengaluru

NGT orders Delhi BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa to file fresh plea against hookah bars
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NGT orders Delhi BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa to file fresh plea against hookah bars

The National Green Tribunal has directed a Delhi BJP MLA to file afresh his plea alleging that hookah bars were "ruining" youth by turning them into "drug addicts".

Assam floods: NGT slams govt for death for Kaziranga animals, asks to ensure their safety on highways
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Assam floods: NGT slams govt for death for Kaziranga animals, asks to ensure their safety on highways

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday rapped the Assam government for the death of several animals in road accidents in the Kaziranga National Park and directed it to ensure their safety, especially during monsoons.

NGT asks states, pollution board to submit report on Yamuna rejuvenation within three weeks
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NGT asks states, pollution board to submit report on Yamuna rejuvenation within three weeks

The National Green Tribunal has asked some northern states to submit a detailed report on rejuvenation and restoration of the Yamuna in three weeks, saying pollution in the river was of serious concern as it was highly contaminated by industrial effluents and sewage.

National Green Tribunal asks Uttarakhand to enforce ban on illegal sand mining on Ganga floodplains
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National Green Tribunal asks Uttarakhand to enforce ban on illegal sand mining on Ganga floodplains

The NGT on Friday directed the Uttarakhand government to ensure there is no "illegal" sand mining being carried out on the floodplains of river Ganga in the state.

NGT warns Meerut distilleries against discharging effluents into Ganga, Kali rivers
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NGT warns Meerut distilleries against discharging effluents into Ganga, Kali rivers

The National Green Tribunal has asked distilleries in Meerut not to discharge effluents in nearby drains joining river Kali East and strictly comply with environmental norms.

Tughlaqabad gas leak case: NGT issues notices to Centre, Delhi govt, asks why it should not shift container depot
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Tughlaqabad gas leak case: NGT issues notices to Centre, Delhi govt, asks why it should not shift container depot

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday issued notices to the central and Delhi governments over the gas leak here in Tughlaqabad last week in which over 400 students were hospitalised.

Damage to Yamuna floodplains: AoL's Sri Sri Ravi Shankar needs to shed his ego and learn the art of apologising
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Damage to Yamuna floodplains: AoL's Sri Sri Ravi Shankar needs to shed his ego and learn the art of apologising

When Sri Sri Ravi Shankar looks into a mirror, what does he see? Ravi Shankar and his organisation have been repeatedly indicted by the NGT for the heavy damage to the floodplains.

Yamuna floodplains: Rs 42 crore needed to repair damage caused by Art of Living festival, says NGT panel
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Yamuna floodplains: Rs 42 crore needed to repair damage caused by Art of Living festival, says NGT panel

A seven-member expert committee, set up by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to study the ecological damage caused to Yamuna floodplain allegedly by Sri Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living (AOL) Foundation, in its 31-page report has stated that it would cost Rs 42 crore towards restoration and rehabilitation of the damaged site.

Chennai oil spill: NGT to hear pleas seeking compensation for victims
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Chennai oil spill: NGT to hear pleas seeking compensation for victims

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday transferred to its Southern Bench two pleas seeking compensation to people affected by the recent oil spill off the coast of Tamil Nadu and seizure of the vessels involved.

Rs 120-cr fine on AoL's World Culture Fest 'ad hoc, unscientific': Bureaucrat
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Rs 120-cr fine on AoL's World Culture Fest 'ad hoc, unscientific': Bureaucrat

A confidential letter by a top bureaucrat has triggered a new controversy in the Art of Living (AOL) case over allegations that its festival had damaged the Yamuna floodplains.

#SriSriYamunaMess: NGT slaps Rs 5 cr fine on Art of Living, allows World Culture Festival on Yamuna floodplains
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#SriSriYamunaMess: NGT slaps Rs 5 cr fine on Art of Living, allows World Culture Festival on Yamuna floodplains

While coming down heavily on the government agencies for failing to carry out responsibilities, the principal bench of the NGT headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar asked AOL Foundation to pay an initial fine of Rs 5 crore as compensation, besides imposing fines of Rs 5 lakh on DDA and Rs 1 lakh on Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) for failing to exercise due diligence in fulfilling their public duties.

NGT to resume crucial hearing on Art of Living three-day event from Tuesday
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NGT to resume crucial hearing on Art of Living three-day event from Tuesday

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar will hear the matter in which Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Uttar Pradesh and Delhi government will make their submissions with regard to grant of permission to the festival.