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National Green Tribunal

Why is it in the news?

  • Recently, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has prohibited the Madhya Pradesh government from operating cruise boats and motorized boats on Bhopal Lake and other wetland sites.

More about the news

  • The NGT bench issued the order emphasizing that water bodies are for public benefit and the government has an obligation to protect them.
    • The order also forbids any permanent construction within the “zone of influence” of water bodies and mandates the demolition of any existing permanent construction.
  • The NGT’s decision comes in response to an application by environmentalist against the state government, Bhopal Municipal Corporation, and the MP Pollution Control Board, among others.
  • Cruise boats and motorized boats are prohibited on Bhopal Lake, designated as a Ramsar site, and other designated wetlands, but non-motorized boats and cruises are exempt, provided they do not create noise or environmental disturbances.
National Green Tribunal (NGT)

·       The National Green Tribunal (NGT) is a specialized body established under the National Green Tribunal Act (2010).

·       It is dedicated to the expeditious resolution of case related to environmental protection and the conservation of forests and natural resources in India.

·       India became the third country globally, after Australia and New Zealand, to establish a specialized environmental tribunal when the NGT was formed.

·       The NGT is responsible for ensuring that applications or appeals related to environmental issues are disposed of within six months from the date of filing.

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