National Green Tribunal on the anvil: Jairam Ramesh
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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.


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

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