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Bhoj Wetland

Bhoj Wetland:

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered Madhya Pradesh government to stop the operation of cruise vessels as well as other motor-propelled boats in the Bhoj wetland.

  • Bhoj wetland consists of two contiguous human-made reservoirs, the upper and lower lakes, located in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Upper lake is called Bhojtal (Bada Talaab) and the Lower Lake is known as Chhota Talaab.
  • The lakes are very rich in biodiversity, particularly for macrophytes, phytoplankton and zooplankton.
  • It has more than 15 kinds of fish and several vulnerable species, including turtles, amphibians and aquatic invertebrates.
  • It was designated as the Ramsar site in 2002.

National Green Tribunal (NGT):

  • The National Green Tribunal has been established under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010.
  • New Delhi is the Principal Place of Sitting of the Tribunal, and Bhopal, Pune, Kolkata and Chennai shall be the other four places of sitting of the Tribunal.
  • NGT is mandated to make disposal of applications or appeals finally within 6 months of the filing of the same.