NGT Directs States To Regulate Religious Activities On Ganga Ghats, Fines Waste Dumping

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| July 13 , 2017 , 13:32 IST

In a strict move to save the Ganga River from further pollution, the National Green Tribunal, on Thursday has banned dumping waste near 500 meters of the holy river.

In order to strictly implement the ban, the environment watchdog has also declared fine of up to Rs 50,000 on dumping waste in the river between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in UP. The NGT also added, “Tanneries that overshoot their permitted production capacity would be fined as per their size. Units that are allowed to process 30 hides (leather) a day would be fined Rs.50,000 for violations and those permitted to produce 100 hides a day would be Rs 1 lakh for violations.”

The tribunal has also directed the UP and Uttarakhand government to formulate guidelines for religious activities on ghats of Ganga.

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The NGT also declared 100 metres from the river’s edge as 'No-Development Zone' in the Haridwar-Unnao stretch.

The Green Court said, “All industrial units falling on the catchments and basin should be prevented from indiscriminate ground water abstraction. Permissions should be granted only after rigorous examination of water use requirements.”

It added, “Uttar Pradesh should be "duty-bound" to shift tanneries from Jajmau to Unnao or any other place it considers appropriate within six weeks.”

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The NGT has also formed a supervisory committee to oversee the implementation of 543-page judgment directions passed by the green tribunal and submit a report on it.

This development comes days after the Supreme Court stayed the Uttarakhand High Court’s order entitling the river Ganga and Yamuna the status and rights of a living entity.

In June, the NGT also asked the Central government and other stakeholders to clarify their stand on demarcation and encroachments on the river’s floodplains.

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