NGT Ban on dumping waste along edge of River Ganga
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed an order declaring an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river between Haridwar and Unnao as ‘No-Development Zone.’
With the intention of rejuvenating the River Ganga the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on July 13 prohibited dumping of waste within 500 metres from the river bank.
Highlights of the NGT order
- Anyone found dumping waste in the river will be penalized with environment compensation of Rs 50,000.
- The Tribunal directed the concerned authorities to complete the setting up of a sewage treatment plant and cleaning of drains within two years.
- It further ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to shift tanneries within six weeks from Jajmau in Kanpur to leather parks in Unnao.
- Both the UP and the Uttrakhand governments have been directed to formulate guidelines for religious activities that take place on the ghats of Ganga or its tributaries.
- The tribunal has 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. It also asked the committee to submit reports at regular intervals.
- The apex green court also stated that the concept of zero liquid discharge and online monitoring of effluents should not be applied to industrial units.
- The tribunal further said that all industrial units falling in the catchment area of river Ganga should stop the indiscriminate extraction of groundwater.
- The tribunal had heard the arguments of the Centre, the Uttar Pradesh government, pollution control boards and various other stakeholders for almost 18 months and had reserved the judgment on May 31.
The National Green Tribunal
The National Green Tribunal has been established on 18.10.2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010 for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests and other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to environment and giving relief and compensation for damages to persons and property and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. It is a specialized body equipped with the necessary expertise to handle environmental disputes involving multi-disciplinary issues.