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New Delhi: The long-pending National Green Tribunal (NGT) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha after environment minister Jairam Ramesh accepted some key amendments to the proposed legislation that parliamentarians cutting across party lines had suggested.

Special courts to try forest cases

A National Green Tribunal that would have special courts to try cases related to environment and forest, would be set up once Parliament gives its nod, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said on Friday.

After receiving several national level institutes, the city of lakes will now have the National Green Tribunal, which would be the judicial authority to deal with environmental related damages. The tribunal will be located at IIFM Bhopal.

The National Green Tribunal Bill was considered by the Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forests following which they made certain recommendations in their report dated 24th November 2009. A summary of the recommendations made and proposed to be accepted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

The National Green Tribunal Bill, 2009 that would judge environmental disputes.The tribunal will have the same powers as a civil court, will subsume various state-level authorities that address environmental issues as well as committees created by the Supreme Court for that purpose.

Aarti Dhar

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet on Thursday cleared the National Green Tribunal Bill paving the way for setting up a National Green Tribunal to settle civil disputes concerning environment-related issues.

The National Green Tribunal Bill had been cleared by the Cabinet in July, and introduced in Parliament that referred it to a Standing Committee.

The government is to introduce in the winter session of Parliament legislation to give effect to a suggestion made by the Supreme Court over the years: establishment of

A Bill to provide for the establishment of a National Green Tribunal for the effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and giving relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected therewith or incidental

Vandana Gombar / New Delhi August 05, 2009, 1:47 IST
The National Green Tribunal (NGT)

THE government will introduce a draft legislation in Parliament on Thursday to set up a National Green Tribunal (NGT) for deciding civil matters related to the environment, minister for environment and forest Jairam Ramesh said.