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Strengthening Anti Pollution Measures for Ganga

Strengthening anti-pollution measures for Ganga, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) have given many directives to authorities of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments.

Directives of NGT

• A No Development/No Construction Zone has been declared between Haridwar and Unnao. This area will be from the edge of the Ganga to 100 metres on land.
• Waste dumping within 500 metres of the river has been prohibited.
• A Rs, 50,000 environment compensation fine will be imposed on those violating the above directive.
• It is the responsibility of the UP govt to move tanneries from Kanpur to other places within six weeks.
• A supervisory committee is appointed to monitor the implementation of the directions of the tribunal. This will be headed by the Secretary of the Water Resources Ministry, concerned IIT professors and UP govt officials.
• The committee has to submit reports regularly to NGT.
• Industries in the catchment area of the Ganga should be stopped from overexploitation of groundwater.
• Total ban on mechanical mining in the river. Only semi-mechanical mining is allowed on the floodplain.
• The tribunal said that such mining is to be permitted only after a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the annual replenishment of sand and gravel in the riverbed and ensuring that the connectivity of the river is not disturbed and that only a quantity less or equal to the annual replenishment is permitted to be removed from the riverbed or the banks
• Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments were ordered to formulate guidelines for religious activities on the ghats of the Ganga and its tributaries.

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