SC slaps Rs 50K fine on Environment Ministry


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday slapped the Ministry of Environment and Forests with a fine of Rs 50,000 for failing to make any progress on restoration of wetlands.

Annoyed by the manner in which the Centre was dealing with such an environmentally sensitive issue, the bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta gave a week’s time to the Secretary MoEF to come clear on what steps it took to revive the wetlands spread across the country. The ISRO mapping provided data of over 2 lakh wetlands existing in the country.

The Court was dealing with a PIL filed by advocate MK Balakrishnan 16 years ago. So fed up was the Court with the laid-back attitude of the Centre that it even advised the petitioner to withdraw the petition finding no hope with Centre’s efforts to revive India’s wetlands. The matter will now be heard next Thursday.

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