National Green Tribunal on the anvil: Jairam Ramesh

Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 23:39

Coimbatore: A bill to constitute a
National Green Tribunal to redress environmental-related
issues and grievances will be introduced in the next
Parliament session, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh
on Thursday said.

Once passed, it would help NGOs, environmental
activists and pollution control boards seek redressal of
various environmental concerns, he told reporters here.
Similarly, a bill to amend the Wildlife Act 1972 would
also be brought in the next session, he said.

On the Green Building Concept, he said all
Corporations and Municipalities should take up the issues
locally.

Ramesh said his ministry`s office building, to come up
in Delhi in April at a cost of Rs 100 crore, would save 60 per
cent energy in air conditioning costs as 0.2 MW energy of 1.2
MW required would be generated by solar cells.
To a question on the controversial BT Brinjal, he said
there was a need to create a scientific consensus on it. "No
state government has supported Bt Brinjal. It raised a lot of
questions," he said.

"As a minister, I have to take the decision based on
information available to me. I consulted 60 scientists both in
India and abroad. Moreover, I never said Bt in agriculture
should come to a halt," said Ramesh, here to participate in a
farmers` workshop.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 23:39

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