The National Green Tribunal has directed the hill states to file a report on the steps taken by them to control recurring forest fires. The tribunal was hearing a plea by NGO Friends that had alleged that a ‘nexus of timber mafia, villagers and officials’ was suspected to be behind the fire incidents.
The state government of Uttarakhand has taken a new initiative for energy conservation by making it compulsory for all government offices to install LED bulbs. The move is expected to reduce the consumption of electricity in offices and civic areas.
The PIL was heard by a division bench comprising Justices Rajeev Sharma and Alok Singh who ordered a complete ban on liquor in Rudraprayag, Chamoli, and Uttarkashi districts, effective from next fiscal year.