Rs 50000 Penalty on People Dumping Waste in River Ganga, Directs NGT

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) declared that 100 metres from the edge of River Ganga will be a "No-Development Zone" - in the stretch between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. "This comprehensive obligation under the Constitution is aimed at protecting the environment which in this context obviously would mean cleaning and rejuvenation of river Ganga", the NGT Chairperson said.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday passed a number of directions with an aim to rejuvenate the Ganga.

A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the authorities that no waste dumping should be allowed within 500 meters from the edge of the Ganga in Unnao and Haridwar. The plea has also sought directions to ensure that fly ash is not released into the Ganga river or its tributaries.

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As per Uttarakhand HC ruling, river Ganga being the living entity, was to enjoy all the rights that the Indian Constitution empowers to every citizen of the nation.

In a 543-page judgment on advocate MC Mehta's petition on Ganga pollution, the NGT also directed that no dumping or landfill could come up within 500 metres of the river or its tributaries in the Haridwar-Unnao stretch.

In its order, the NGT also observed that nearly Rs 7,304 crore have been spent within the stretch, but it has all gone in vain.

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The NGT directed authorities to submit a project action plan within six weeks, failing which the UP government would be "duty bound" to close the tannery industry and shift it to a new industrial site that has provisions for a common effluent treatment plant and common chromium recovery plant. The pollution in the river has also damaged the aquatic life in the river.

The tribunal reiterated its earlier order of ban on mechanical mining in Ganga and said "no in-stream mechanical mining is permitted and even the mining on the flood plain should be semi-mechanical and preferably more manual".

The panel has divided the work of cleaning the river in different segments - Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao (termed segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to the Bay of Bengal. "Permissions should be granted only after rigorous examination of water use requirements".

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An implementation committee was also set up to provide details of the Ganga cleaning projects and the manner and methodology in which these should be implemented.

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