NGT bans dumping of waste within 500 metres of river Ganga

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The National Green Tribunal has banned any kind of wastage dumping within 500 metres of the Ganga's banks and a fine of Rs 50,000 would be imposed on anyone doing this. The NGT said all projects referred to in its verdict should be finalised by the National Mission for Clean Ganga and it would be the responsibility of the Ministry of Water Resources and NMCG to finalise the projects out of the available funds.

A bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar elaborated on a slew of measures to rejuvenate the Ganga, between Haridwar and Unnao, in a 543-page judgment that was pronounced on Thursday.

"The issue was raised by the lawyer, on whose petition the National Green Tribunal (NGT) today delivered a detailed judgement and noted that over Rs 7000 crore have been spent by various authorities on Ganga cleaning without any significant improvement in the river". It directed the UP and Uttarakhand governments to formulate guidelines for religious activities on the ghats during festivals.

River Ganga is revered by millions across the nation and it is part of our civilisation.

As per the reports, this order is passed by the Supreme Court Uttarakhand High Court order declaring the Ganga and Yamuna rivers "living entities".

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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. The bench said Ganga needs a plan that is "technically feasible, economically viable and practically executable with tested modern technology, appropriate technical inputs from stakeholders and expert institutions as to performance and planning, free from fundamental errors".

The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river into five segments - Gomukh to Haridwar, Haridwar to Unnao (segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to the border of Uttar Pradesh, UP border to the border of Jharkhand and from there to the Bay of Bengal.

NGT also issued a notice to 35 thermal power stations on Central Pollution Control Board's plea alleging that the stations had no pollution monitoring system at stations installed with them.

"The amount spent on cleaning of Ganga has gone waste".

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