New Delhi, Dec 15: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday imposed a complete ban on the use, sale, manufacturing and storage of plastic items in the pilgrimage towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh located on the banks of river Ganga.
The green court ordered a fine of Rs 5,000 on those who will violate the rule. The ban includes plastic items such as polybags, items used for serving or packing food, plates cutlery and others.
Earlier, in July and December 2015 also, the tribunal also prohibit the usage of plastic. The bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had expressed displeasure at the pathetic state of affairs on the banks of the river Ganga and had reprimanded the civic authorities, news agency IANS reported.
Following this, then the green panel passed a numbers of orders to make the river pollution-free. However, the use of plastic items continued unabated.
The tribunal’s earlier directions were also motioned to make the Ganga pollution-free.