Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding declaring Bhagirathi as an eco sensitive zone, Uttarakhand, 20/01/2016

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Legal Aid Committee, National Green Tribunal Bar Association Vs. Union of India & Others dated 20/01/2016. The MoEF had issued a Notification on 18th December, 2012 declaring Bhagirathi eco sensitive zone. They had asked the State Government to submit a zonal master plan so that the same would be approved and notified by MoEF. But till today the plan has not been submitted. These two Applications have been pending before the National Green Tribunal since 05th August, 2013.

NGT has come down heavily on the State Government of Uttarakhand and the MoEF and in its order directed the "concerned Additional Chief Secretary of the State Government and a responsible Officer of MoEF to be present before the Tribunal on 28th January, 2016, to show cause as to why it should not impose exemplery costs for non-implementation of the orders".