National Green Tribunal (NGT): News

15 Dec 2023


Chennai oil spill triggers health issues among residents after flood

Thousands of people have been affected by a crude oil spill in Ennore—located 25km from Chennai in Tamil Nadu—triggered by Cyclone Michaung. Even weeks after the storm, the spillage's terrible ecological impact is still being felt.

28 Nov 2023


Uttarkashi tunnel collapse: Everything to know about rat-hole mining 

Authorities in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand, have resorted to the outlawed practice of rat-hole mining in their desperate attempt to save 41 workers trapped inside the collapsed Silkyara tunnel for 17 days.

NGT issues notices to state governments on pollution boards' functioning

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sent notices to state governments requesting details about the operations of their state pollution control boards (SPCBs) or state pollution control committees (SPCCs).

11 Sep 2023

Gopal Rai

'With lights, lamps': Delhi government bans firecrackers this Diwali too 

The Delhi government on Monday said that the ban on the production, sale, storage, and use of firecrackers will continue in the national capital region this Diwali, too.

29 Jul 2023


NGT-appointed panel suggests regulating tourists in Mussoorie: Know why

An expert panel constituted by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has urged authorities to regulate the tourist inflow to the hill station of Mussoorie, considering the carrying capacity of the region to avoid a Joshimath-like situation.

05 May 2023


Know why NGT fined Nitish Kumar's government Rs. 4,000 crore

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) placed a Rs. 4,000 crore environmental compensation on the Bihar government for failing to scientifically manage liquid and solid waste.

19 Aug 2021


High time legacy waste sites cleared, garbage disposed scientifically: NGT

Legacy waste continues to be a serious problem and it is high time such sites are cleared and solid waste collected is disposed of scientifically, the National Green Tribunal has said.

19 Jun 2021


Karnataka hails NGT order closing proceedings against Mekedatu project

The Karnataka government on Friday welcomed the National Green Tribunal's decision to close on its own, proceedings based on a media report against the ambitious Mekedatu project and said the project would be started soon.

14 Nov 2020

Air Pollution

Delhi's air quality could turn 'severe' on Diwali night

Delhi's air quality remained 'very poor' on Saturday morning and is likely to turn 'severe' by night due to calm winds and emissions from firecrackers, government agencies reported.

09 Nov 2020

Air Pollution

NCR: Total ban on firecrackers from midnight till November 30

Considering the rising air pollution levels, the National Green Tribunal on Monday imposed a total ban on the sale or usage of all kinds of firecrackers in NCR, which engulfs entire Delhi, parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Haryana, till November 30.

Rs. 1cr fine, 5-years prison: Centre brings law against pollution

Days after it apprised the Supreme Court that it would bring a law to deal with the annual menace of air pollution, the Centre on Wednesday got President Ram Nath Kovind to sign an ordinance, that allows the setting up of a commission to look into the air quality in NCR.

26 Jul 2019

Hindustan Times

Vegetables in Delhi found to have high lead content: Study

If you think eating your vegetables is going to assure good health, you might want to check again.

SC sets aside NGT order; Sterlite plant to remain closed

In a big win for the Tamil Nadu government, the Supreme Court, on Monday, refused to allow the re-opening of Vedanta's Sterlite copper smelter in Thoothukudi.

05 Feb 2019


Stop illegal sand mining in Rupnagar: NGT directs Punjab government

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Punjab government to stop illegal sand mining in Rupnagar district and take action against the erring officers within three months.

01 Feb 2019


NGT raps DPCC over report on Wazirpur's 'polluting' industrial unit

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slammed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) over its report on a factory allegedly causing pollution in Delhi's Wazirpur area, terming it a "fixed match".

Sterlite employees to fast unto death if plant isn't re-opened

Permanent employees of the Sterlite copper smelter in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, have announced that they will all fast unto death from Monday if the government does not issue an order to re-open the plant.

17 Jan 2019


NGT to Volkswagen: Deposit Rs. 100cr tomorrow or face arrest

On Thursday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered German car manufacturer Volkswagen to deposit Rs. 100cr with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) by 5pm tomorrow, as reparations for the 2015 emissions scandal.

27 Dec 2018


Meghalaya: Trapped for two weeks, 15 miners feared dead

After nearly two weeks of search operations to find 15 miners trapped inside a 'rat hole' coal mine in Meghalaya, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is now fearing the worst.

16 Dec 2018


Meghalaya: Illegal mine owner arrested; no word from trapped miners

A couple of days after it was reported that 13 miners had been trapped inside an illegal 'rat hole' coalmine in Meghalaya, the owner of the illegal mine has been arrested by the police.

Vedanta welcomes NGT order; says workers will get back livelihood

Mining company Vedanta Ltd yesterday welcomed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) order to resume operations at the company's facility in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu and said those affected by the plant's closure will get back their source of livelihood.

NGT clears way for reopening of Sterlite plant in Thoothukudi

The Vedanta-owned Sterlite copper plant in Tamil Nadu's Thoothukudi has come a step closer to reopening.

14 Dec 2018


Meghalaya: At least 13 feared dead inside illegal 'rat-hole' mine

In an unfortunate incident, at least 13 coal miners are feared dead, after they got trapped in an illegal 'rat hole' coalmine in Meghalaya's Jaintia Hills.

04 Dec 2018

Air Pollution

Seven construction companies fined for violating air-pollution control norms: SDMC

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has collected Rs. 3.5 lakh as penalties from seven construction companies for violation of air pollution control norms in the first three days of December, the civic body said yesterday.

#DelhiAirPollution: Delhi government fined Rs. 25cr for not curbing pollution

At a time when the national capital is choking on "very poor" air, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a Rs. 25 crore fine on the Delhi Government for failing to curb pollution.

10 Nov 2018


Ensure staff, equipment in wildlife dept: Court to Delhi Government

A Delhi court has ordered the release of three snakes, rescued from two men, into their natural habitat and also directed the Delhi government to ensure proper staff and equipment at the 'understaffed' wildlife department.

10 Nov 2018

Arvind Kejriwal

While Delhi chokes, Delhi CM Kejriwal is vacationing in Dubai

While Delhi is choking under a blanket of haze, its Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, has flown out of the country is currently in Dubai with his wife on a "private trip".

08 Nov 2018

Uttar Pradesh

NGT forms committee over private colleges within Agra's bird Sanctuary

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has constituted a committee to decide whether two private engineering colleges have been constructed inside Agra's Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.

Social media account created for citizens' complaints: CPCB informs SC

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) today informed the Supreme Court that it has created accounts on Twitter and Facebook where citizens can lodge complaints about Delhi-NCR pollution.

17 Oct 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Delhi-govt fined Rs. 50cr for inaction against steel pickling units

The National Green Tribunal yesterday fined Delhi government Rs. 50cr for not taking action against steel pickling units in residential areas as they fall under the prohibited list of industrial activity.

12 Oct 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

NGT summons Delhi-govt official to explain action-plan on climate change

The National Green Tribunal has summoned an official of the Environment Department in Delhi to explain the proposed amendments made by AAP government in the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC).

02 Oct 2018


#KisanKrantiMarch: What are our farmers demanding?

Thousands of farmers today marched towards Delhi over demands ranging from farm loan waivers to cut in fuel prices.

10 Sep 2018

Uttar Pradesh

NGT seeks UP govt's report on dump yard near school

The National Green Tribunal has sought a report from UP government on a plea filed by a private school opposing setting up of a dump yard in Sitapur district on the ground that it was a health hazard.

SC declines urgent hearing of plea regarding Sterlite plant case

The Supreme Court today declined urgent hearing on a plea by the Tamil Nadu government challenging the National Green Tribunal's order allowing Vedanta group access to the administrative unit inside its closed Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin in the state.

NGT directs CPCB to inquire about 51,837 industries in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to constitute a committee to inquire about the status of 51,837 industries in the Delhi which are running in residential areas without requisite approvals.

21 Aug 2018


Maharashtra to set-up study chairs in 13 varsities after Vajpayee

Maharashtra government will set up a study chair in the name of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in each of the 13 universities in the state, the state Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar announced.

04 Aug 2018


Over 1L diesel-run cars off Delhi roads soon?

More than 1L diesel-run cars are likely to go off Delhi's roads soon.

28 Jul 2018

Uttar Pradesh

Ganga should have health warning like cigarette packs, NGT opines

Expressing concern over the quality of Ganga water, the National Green Tribunal has asked why the river can't have health warnings like the ones on cigarette packs.

27 Jul 2018

Uttar Pradesh

NGT anguished over Ganga's condition; says water unfit for use

The National Green Tribunal today said the water of the Ganga river, between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, was unfit for drinking and bathing and expressed anguish over the situation of the river.

There can't be "blanket-ban" on protests at Jantar Mantar: SC

More than nine months after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned protests at Delhi's Jantar Mantar, the SC has said a blanket ban is unacceptable.

19 Jul 2018


Hardly anything done to clean Ganga, situation extraordinarily bad: NGT

The NGT today expressed dissatisfaction over the cleaning up of Ganga and said the situation was extraordinarily bad and hardly anything effective has been done to clean the river.

15 Jul 2018


Hit by vacancies, NGT plans to hear cases using video-conferencing

Crippled by the delay in appointment of experts and judicial members, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) is planning to conduct hearings through video-conferencing to decide the environmental cases pending in its regional benches.

06 Jul 2018


Are religious acts allowed on government property? SC to decide

The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench the question whether religious activities can be allowed on a government land or property in India.

05 Jul 2018

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Lack of sewage-facilities: NGT slaps Rs. 50k fine on AAP-govt

The National Green Tribunal today slapped a fine of Rs. 50,000 on AAP government for not filing the reply on a plea alleging lack of sewage facilities in a South Delhi colony.

02 Jul 2018

Delhi High Court

NGT stays felling of 16,000 trees in Delhi till July-19

A week after the Delhi HC stayed the felling of 16,000 trees, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has extended the stay further, till its next hearing on July 19.

21 May 2018


DGCA moves NGT, says it's impossible to dump poop mid-air

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has moved National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking a stay and review of its December 20, 2016, and January 10 orders, which asked airlines to pay Rs. 50,000 as environmental compensation if their planes dump waste mid-air.

Delhi: Rainwater-harvesting system cannot be installed at 9 metro stations

Rainwater harvesting systems at nine metro stations in Delhi and Noida cannot be installed because the minimum land required (36 square meters) for constructing it is unavailable, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) told National Green Tribunal.

21 Apr 2018

Delhi Government

Delhi govt asks schools to collect used textbooks, form book-banks

The Delhi Government has asked its schools to collect old usable textbooks from students of all classes and form book banks.

Doctor allegedly manhandled, offloaded from IndiGo-flight after complaining about mosquitoes

A Bengaluru doctor was allegedly manhandled and forcibly offloaded from an IndiGo flight at the Lucknow Airport yesterday after he complained of mosquitoes in the plane.

02 Apr 2018


Vaishno Devi: NGT raps J&K over rehabilitation plan for mules

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has slammed the Jammu and Kashmir government for not finalizing a rehabilitation plan for horses and mules which have been barred from plying from Katra to the Vaishno Devi temple and slapped a cost of Rs. 50 lakh on the state government.

19 Jan 2018


Bengaluru's Bellandur lake catches fire once again

The infamous Bellandur lake in South East Bengaluru once again caught fire on Friday morning around 10 am, as nearby residents spotted smoke emitting from the severely-polluted lake.

09 Jan 2018


Jignesh Mevani holds "Hunkar Rally" in Delhi despite no permission

After being elected Gujarat MLA, Jignesh Mevani has hit the ground running. His speech on the 200th anniversary of the Bhima-Koregaon violence whipped up a furore, prompting an FIR. A Mumbai event where he was to address youngsters was cancelled.

15 Dec 2017


NGT bans plastic around Ganga again, imposes Rs. 5,000 fine

The NGT has imposed a blanket ban on plastic items including bags and cutlery in towns located along the Ganga.

14 Dec 2017

Amarnath Yatra

Amarnath: NGT 'clarifies' after ban on mantras spark mass outrage

Yesterday, reports emerged that the NGT had banned chanting of hymns and ringing of bells at the Amarnath cave shrine.

05 Dec 2017


NGT slams Delhi government for failing to control air pollution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) pulled up the Delhi government for not providing an action plan about the steps to curb air pollution.

03 Dec 2017


Poop from the sky! NGT asks panel to analyze "waste"

Delhi's "poop-from-the-sky" problem is back again, and the NGT wants to know if it is human or bird excreta.

13 Nov 2017

Jammu And Kashmir

NGT caps daily visitors to Vaishno Devi to 50,000

The NGT has capped the number of daily visitors to Vaishno Devi at 50,000, reportedly considering the environmental consequences of religious tourism.

11 Nov 2017


Delhi Govt calls off "Odd-Even Scheme" for now

In a surprising move, the Delhi Government has now reportedly called off the odd-even traffic scheme, which was to be implemented from 13-17 November.

11 Nov 2017


NGT approves odd-even scheme; 2-Wheelers, govt servants, women not exempt

The National Green Tribunal, which earlier barred the Delhi Government from re-introducing the odd-even scheme, has given its approval to the Kejriwal-led government to implement the traffic restrictions.

18 Oct 2017

Yogi Adityanath

Ayodhya will celebrate BJP's return to power after 15-year vanvaas!

This Diwali, Ayodhya will celebrate BJP's return to power after about 15 years with a grand celebration, giving it a poetic twist by comparing it to Prince Ram's return to Ayodhya from "vanvaas."

07 Oct 2017


Protests at Jantar Mantar banned: How will it affect Delhi?

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned protests at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on grounds that it was causing environmental problems.

19 Sep 2017


Feel free to dump waste in Aravalis: Gurugram civic body

A new waste-dumping site near the Gurugram-Faridabad border, covering two acres of the seasonal Ghata Lake, is polluting the Aravallis.

14 Sep 2017


NGT refuses to lift diesel vehicles ban in Delhi-NCR

The NGT has dismissed a plea by the Centre against its ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR. "One diesel vehicle causes pollution equal to 24 petrol vehicles and 40 CNG vehicles," it observed.