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Friday, March 19, 2010

India May Soon have the World’s First Environment Courts

Finally India is listening to the pleas of thousands of tortured animals, and innumerable cut trees.
The Minister of State for Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh announced that the country may soon see two initiatives called National Green Tribunal (NGT) with a network of specialized Environment Courts and National Environment Protection Authority (NEPA).

The NGT will give the Indian citizen first time judicial remedy as far as environmental damages are concerned. India would be the first country in the world to have such an extensive network of specialized environment courts.

Regarding NEPA he said, “We are taking steps to establish a National Environment Protection Authority (NEPA). NEPA’s core mandate will be to ensure that the standards and stipulation under which environmental approvals are granted are actually adhered to. CPCB and SPCBs will work under one umbrella of NEPA."

He also added that all licensing functions of the ministry will be given to NEPA. This will make the ministry a policy making body while NEPA will control the approval, rejections clearances etc.
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