The team visited six CETPs of which most were non-complying with standards and not achieving zero liquid discharge. “Polluted water flowing in river Bandi is a constant threat for health of villagers and to the agriculture,” the report states.
The Union Territory of Lakshadweep is spread across 32 square kilometer area in the Arabian Sea and consists of 10 inhabited islands, 17 uninhabited islands, three reefs and six submerged sandbanks having a population of 64,473 as per the 2011 census.
As per the proposed amendments, approved last week, new buildings or expansion projects less than 50,000 sq m would not require prior environment clearance and can be constructed “under the supervision of the state government” through urban local bodies or development authorities.
"We are going to introduce a formal system permitting email petitions, which can be filed from anywhere in the country by paying court fee and complying with the rules," said NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel.