NGT imposes restrictions on commercial activities near Ganga

RSTV Bureau

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed ban on all commercial activities on the edges of river Ganga to rejuvenate the Ganga River.

 The river Ganga with sewage and rubbish on its bank (Photo: PTI/File

The river Ganga with sewage and rubbish on its bank (Photo: PTI/File

As per the order 100 metres from the edge of the river between Haridwar and Unnao will be treated as “No-Development Zone” and the order also prohibits dumping of waste within 500 metres from the river.

NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar also imposed an environment compensation of Rs 50, 000 for dumping waste in the Ganga River.

The green regulator directed all authorities concerned to setup sewage treatment plants and cleaning drains within two years time.

NGT has also the UP government to be “duty-bound” to shift tanneries within six weeks.

It has also directed the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to formulate guidelines for religious activities on the ghats of Ganga or its tributaries.

A supervisory committee, headed by the secretary of the water resources ministry has also been appointed to oversee implementation of the directions passed.

The tribunal had heard the arguments of the Centre, the Uttar Pradesh government, pollution control boards and various other stakeholders for almost 18 months before reserving the judgement on 31 May.