The Environment Protection Act, 1986 aims to take appropriate steps for the protection and improvement of human environment and the prevention of hazards to human beings, other living creatures, plants and property.
The importance of Environmental Law is relevant today to safeguard the environment, the basic right of the people i.e. right to health and right to clean and fresh air, water and surroundings. In addition, it is the duty of the state to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country.
It is the duty of the country and its citizens to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers, and wildlife and promote sustainable development by conservation of the limited natural resources, for our coming generations and taking proper care in protection of environment and cultural heritage of India.
Forums for protection of environment include:
- National Green Tribunal (NGT): Cases dealing with environmental pollution that affect community at large like polluted river, unclean air, mining activities etc. Matters where industry is causing any pollution in your area and neglecting compliance to environment laws. Any environmental accidents causing tortuous act leading to trespass, nuisance, strict liability, absolute liability and negligence. Wherein injure is caused to victims due to gas leaks, oil leaks, disposal of waste, solid waste, hazardous chemicals, infectious waste, underground storage tanks, etc.
- Various Courts in India: Any matter relating to the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, the Indian Forest Act, 1927 and various laws enacted by States relating to forests, tree preservation etc. When there is an infringement or immediate threat to your fundamental rights caused due to contaminated water, contaminated air and unhygienic environment condition.
Legal services provided in this field are:
- Advising multinational companies on regulatory issues relating to environment in India besides.
- Representing Clients in environmental litigation matters before appropriate legal forums.
- Advising clients on issues arising under the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and related regulatory compliances
- Advising clients on the regulatory compliances under the provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974; Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981; Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
- Advising clients such as real estate companies on issues relating to groundwater usage and waste management
- Advised clients on environmental issues in real-estate, infrastructure and energy sectors
- Advising clients on emission reduction
- Advising on protection and conservation of India’s coastline.
- Developing environmental policies, procedures and systems.
- Obtaining No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from Pollution Control Boards (both central and state) under Air and Water Pollution Acts.
- Minimizing the risk of damage to corporate reputation of Clients by helping them establish a name for conscientious environmental caretaking