Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

NGT bans dumping of waste into Ganga

NGT bans dumping of waste into Ganga

The Ganga is one of the world's filthiest rivers, with tons of raw sewage and industrial waste dumped into it daily.

Tne tribunal has also appointed a supervisory committee to ensure that the instructions issued by NGT are being followed and implemented properly.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday declared 100 metres from the edge of River Ganga as a "No-Development Zone" in the stretch between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

The bench also announced a penalty of Rs 50,000 on anyone dumping waste near the river on the same stretch. It has also instructed the government of Uttar Pradesh to move polluting tanneries and to set up guidelines - along with the hill state of Uttarakhand- for religious activities held on the ghats of the river and its tributaries.

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"There shall be no dumping of waste of any kind within 500 metres from the edge of River Ganga", said NGT. The NGT observed that all the government schemes in the past that have spent hundreds of crores in Ganga cleanup have not only failed but led to an increase in pollution levels, which is why Ganga now needed a change in strategy.

Regarding shifting of tanneries located in Jajmau cluster in Kanpur, the bench sought an action plan from the leather units within six weeks, failing which "the UP government shall be duty bound to close the tanneries and shift the same to Banthar, Unnao or any other developed site which it considers appropriate".

NGT has segregated the work of cleaning the Ganga in five segments - Gomukh to Haridwar, Haridwar to Unnao, Unnao to border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of Bengal.

The tribunal also asked the government agencies about how they were executing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ambitious "Namami Gange project", adding that it did not want the "drama" regarding complaints between the Centre and Uttar Pradesh to go on. There is definitely more money spent than Rs 7,000 crore as every authority has spent money on cleaning of the river.

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