New Delhi, July 13: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned any kind of waste dumping within 500 m of River Ganga within the edge of Haridwar in Uttarakhand to Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. NGT has directed authorities to impose a penalty of 50,000 on people violating the order.
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. Further, the tribunal has declared 100 meters from the edge of the River Ganga as 'no-development zone' in the same stretch.
The tribunal further said in its order that the government in Uttar Pradesh should be duty-bound to shift leather tanneries from Jajmau to Unnao or any other place it considers appropriate within six weeks.
The NGT also directed the governments in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to formulate guidelines for religious activities on the ghats of Ganga or its tributaries. The NGT order is being seen as yet another move by the Green Tribunal to protect the Ganga river.
The tribunal also appointed a supervisory committee, headed by the Secretary of the Water Resources Ministry and comprising IIT professors and officials from UP government to oversee implementation of the directions passed in its 543- page verdict.