National Green Tribunal, Van Vigyan Bhawan, Policy & Law Division, Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi, dated 2nd June 2011.
Hon™ble Supreme Court of India in its matter of UOI vs Vimal Bhai & others in SLP (Civil) No. 12065/2009, vide its order dated May 12, 2011, has directed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to take follow up action in the process of implementation of the following two directions:
Those, who could not file petitions before the National Green Tribunal because it did not become functional, may do so within a period of 60 days from 30.5.2011. The National Green Tribunal shall give wide publicity to this direction so that aggrieved parties can file appropriate petitions etc. within 60 days from 30.5.2011. The petitions which are filed within the aforesaid period shall not be treated as barred by time and be decided on merits. The parties shall also be entitled to file applications for interim relief before the National Green Tribunal.
Till the Benches of the National Green Tribunal become functional at Bhopal, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai, the aggrieved persons may file petitions before the National Green Tribunal at Delhi. Once the Benches of the Tribunal become functional, the Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal may transfer the cases to the concerned Benches.
The National Green Tribunal, is a judicial body exclusively to deal with environmental issues has started functioning from May with the Supreme Court lifting a stay imposed by Madras High Court on rules of appointment of its members.