NGT directs centre to submit report on steps to clean Ganga


New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh and the Uttarakhand governments to file affidavits stating what steps they have taken to comply with its directions to clean the Ganga in the stretch between Gomukh and Unnao.

The green panel, in a detailed judgment, had passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate Ganga, declaring as ‘No Development Zone’ an area of 100 meters from the edge of the river between Haridwar and Unnao and prohibiting dumping of waste within 500 meters from the river.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also asked all the stakeholders to state what course of action they propose to take in relation to Phase-2 from Kanpur to the UP border.

The matter is listed for next hearing on October 24. The tribunal had earlier, in a detailed judgment, said the government has spent over¬†Rs 7,000 crore in two years to clean the Ganga which still remains a “serious environmental issue”.

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