NGT was formed to provide a special forum for effective and speedy disposal of cases related to environmental protection, forest conservation, and for seeking compensation for damages caused by violation of environmental laws.
NGT is not bound by 'Code of Civil Procedure' but is "guided by principles of natural justice".
Review of NGT order
NGT is chaired by a retired Supreme Court judge. NGT's ruling can be sought for review and if that fails it can be challenged in the Supreme Court of India within 90 days.
18 Oct 2015
Plea against the use of equines at Vaishno Devi
An environmental activist filed a plea with NGT over "pollution and danger to public health" due to indiscriminate use of equines - mules, horses, etc, at the Vaishno Devi pilgrim area.
The plea sought directions to stop their usage here.
It stated that "large amounts of untreated waste generated from pilgrims and the animals used to carry them was directly disposed into Banganga river.
Number of animals used on Vaishno Devi trail
Reportedly, close to '15,000-20,000 animals including horses, ponies and mules are deployed to carry worshippers on the 14 km-trail leading to Vaishno Devi temple'.
Oct 2015-Jan 2016
Developments in the case
After the plea filed in Oct 2015, the NGT had pulled the Jammu & kashmir government and the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and sought reply.
In Jan 2016, the tribunal had asked the J&K state government to 'prepare an action plan' to tackle various kinds of pollution.
The panel also prohibited plastic usage by shopkeepers in the Vaishno Devi Shrine region.
12 Aug 2016
NGT seeks report on waste management at Vaishno Devi