NGT bans waste dumping near Ganga

The National Green Tribunal passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate River Ganga, declaring as `No-Development Zone' an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river between Haridwar and Unnao and prohibiting dumping of waste within 500 metres from the river.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also declared that an environment compensation of Rs.50,000 will be imposed on anyone who dumps waste in the river.

The apex environment watchdog directed all authorities concerned to complete various projects including setting up of a sewage treatment plant and cleaning drains within two years. “A huge amount of money had been spent on cleaning the river but desired results were not visible.“
It also said the Uttar Pradesh government should be “duty-bound“ to shift tanneries within six weeks, from Jajmau in Kanpur to leather parks in Unnao or any other place it considers appropriate.

The NGT also directed the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to formulate guidelines for religious activities on the ghats of Ganga or its tributaries. The tribunal appointed a supervisory committee, comprising IIT professors and officials from UP government to oversee implementation of the directions passed in its 543-page verdict.

The NGT had in April directed 13 polluting industries situated along the tributary or major drain of the Ganga river to be shut down.

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