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NGT ORDERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLANS

NGT ORDERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLANS 

Context:

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered Delhi and Haryana to enforce Environmental Management Plans for two governments prepared to rehabilitate and protect Najafgarh jheel, a transboundary wetland.

About the Plan:

  • The National Wetland Authority will oversee the implementation of these action plans through State Wetlands Authorities. 
  • The status report will be delivered to the NGT on July 31.
  • The NGT order also stated that the outpouring of the Najafgarh jheel, which leads to the Najafgarh canals, must be devoid of sewage before joining the Yamuna River.
  • According to this plan, the most important will be to inform the Najafgarh jheel and its impact area under The Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2017.

Background:

  • The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) first took up the issue of the return of Najafgarh jheel to NGT in 2014 and then filed a murder application before a court in 2019, noting that it had taken no remedial action.
  • The NGT then instructed Haryana and Delhi to prepare an environmental management plan.
  • The plans presented by the two governments were consolidated into a single entity approved by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change in December last year.

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