By Sanjeev Kapoor, Rajat Jariwal, Nawneet Vibhaw, Aakash Bajaj

The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its order dated 19 July 2018 in the case of Shivpal Bhagat v Union of India has directed that every applicant and appellant must approach the NGT after giving the concerned authority against which it has filed the appeal or application a time period of 15 days to respond. Thereafter when the applicant or appellant approaches the NGT it is obligatory that the response received from the concerned authority is also mentioned in the application or appeal
filed before the NGT.

The case involved an application filed before the NGT in the month of March 2018 alleging that the concerned authorities had failed to act against the thermal power plants, coal washeries and other industries in Tamnar and Gharghoda blocks of Raigarh District in the state of Chattisgarh.