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NGT declares edge of Ganga as ‘no-development zone’

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New Delhi, July 13, 2017: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday declared 100 metres from the edge of the river Ganga as ‘no-development zone’.

It said that “there should not be any kind of waste dumping within 500 metres from the edge of Ganga within the stretch of Haridwar to Unnao.”

The NGT also directed authorities to impose a penalty of Rs 50,000 on people those who dumped waste in river Ganga.

The tribunal also observed that there are fundamental errors in planning and regulation that have led to the failure of the cleaning of Ganga.

In its previous hearing, the NGT had asked the ministries of environment and power to apprise it about the steps taken by thermal power plants to avoid discharge of effluents and fly ash around the Ganga river.

The tribunal, earlier this year, decided on an inspection of the most polluted stretch of the Ganga between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and kanpur in Uttar Pradesh to get a clear picture on the situation.

 Wefornews Bureau

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