New Delhi: Delhi government may be taking
credit for introducing CNG buses in the national capital but
Union Environment Minister Jairarm Ramesh feels otherwise.
"The CNG buses, the largest fleet in the world, are
running on Delhi roads not through an executive (Delhi
government) order. In fact, the executive was working hard not
to do it, but it was the judiciary which forced the executive
to do it," Ramesh said here recently.
On the orders of the Supreme Court a few years back,
the state government had agreed to introduce the green fuel
based public transport in the city, which Ramesh said should
be talked about at the global forum on climate change.
The Union Minister attributed judicial activism to
lack of environmental governance, which, he said, in fact has
been swept under the carpet.
"There is complete lack of institutional capacity at
the Centre for implementation of two important legislations
-- Environment Protection Act (EPA) and Forest Conservation
Act (FCA) -- as a result of which they are not being
implemented at the state level. This has created a vacuum
which is being filled by the judiciary," he said.
Hoping that the National Environment Protection
Authority is set up soon, he said it would serve as a bridge
between the Centre and the States for implementation of