NGT orders Rs 50,000 fine for dumping waste in river Ganga

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 7/13/2017 2:15:55 PM

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday ordered that a penalty of Rs 50, 000 will be imposed for dumping waste in the stretch between Haridwar and Unnao of River Ganga, news agency ANI reported.
The 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. Also, 100 meters from the edge of the river should be declared a “no-development zone,” the NGT said.
The bench observed that an amount of Rs 20,000 crore had already been spent so far by the government for cleaning of the Ganga and directed the Centre to not spend any more money on the issue.
In its 543-page judgment, the NGT announced the formation of a supervisory committee to look into the implementation of the directions passed and directed the committee to submit a report on the same. While Haridwar lies in Uttarakhand, Unnao is a district in nearby Uttar Pradesh.
Last year in December, the NGT had passed a similar order for the preservation of the river and had imposed a complete ban on the use of plastic from Gomukh to Haridwar along the Ganga. In addition to the ban, NGT had also imposed a penalty of Rs 5,000 per day on hotels, dharamshalas, and ashrams responsible for polluting the river. This order was directed to come into effect from February 1 this year.


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