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Government of India
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
01-March-2011 15:28 IST
Establishment of Environment Court
The Ministry had earlier proposed to establish a National Environment Tribunal under the National Environment Tribunal, Act 1995. The Act provided for strict liability for damages arising out of any accident while handling any hazardous substance and for providing relief and compensation for damages to persons, property and the environment resulting from such accidents. However, the National Environment Tribunal could not become functional.

The National Green Tribunal has been established under the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010 for 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. The Chairperson of the Tribunal has been appointed. Consequent on coming into effect of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010, the National Environment Tribunal Act stands repealed.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shri Jairam Ramesh in a written reply to a question by Shri B.S. Gnanadesikan in Rajya Sabha today.