Bhopal: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday stressed the need for balance between development and environment and a practical strategy to ensure that environment remains intact and development works also do not suffer. 

He was addressing inaugural function of national green tribunal here on Sunday. Union Minister of State for Forests & Environment Jayanti Natarajan was also present on the occasion. National green tribunal act was implemented in year 2010. Benches of the tribunal will also be opened in Pune and Kolkata. Objective of administering environmental justice to common people will be fulfilled through this bench
Chouhan said that awareness towards environment is intrinsic to Indian culture. Indians are nature-lovers. Cycle of nature is changing these days as a result of neglecting nature and environment, he said, adding world is facing problems like global warming.
He said that MP has 33 percent forest cover. The State Government is committed to maintaining this.
“Balance between development and environment is also necessary since we have to construct irrigation projects and roads and generate power for development.
We will have to move towards this direction by adopting a positive frame of mind”, he told the gathering.
Jayanti Natarajan said that development at any cost should not be accepted. Environmental interests should also be kept in view. Setting up of branch of national green tribunal at Bhopal is a significant initiative, she added.
MP High Court’s administrative judge Justice KK Lahoti said that this bench of National Green Tribunal will benefit people of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Environmental-related cases pending in the High Court will now be transferred to this bench.
In the welcome address, chairman of National Green Tribunal Justice Swantantra Kumar said that it is a welcome initiative in environmental justice sector.