NGT declares 100m from edge of Ganga as "no-development zone"
13 July, 2017
Green Tribunal (NGT) today passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate River
Ganga, declaring as 'No-Development Zone' an area of 100 metres from the
edge in the stretch between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar
Pradesh. The NGT in its 543-page judgment
said, there shall be no dumping of waste of any kind within 500 metres
from the edge of River Ganga.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also declared
that an environment compensation of 50,000 rupees will be imposed on
anyone who dumps waste in the river. The
environment watchdog directed all authorities concerned to complete
various projects including setting up of a sewage treatment plant and
cleaning drains within two years. It also
said the Uttar Pradesh government should be duty-bound to shift tanneries
within six weeks, from Jajmau in Kanpur to leather parks in Unnao or any
other place it considers appropriate.
The NGT also directed the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to
formulate guidelines for religious activities on the ghats of Ganga or its
tributaries. It said that all industrial units falling in the catchment
area of river Ganga should be stopped from indiscriminate extraction of
groundwater. 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 verdict. It also
asked the committee to submit reports at regular intervals.
The tribunal had heard the arguments of the Centre, the UP
government, pollution control boards and various other stakeholders for
almost 18 months before reserving the judgement on 31st of May.