NGT declares 100m area from edge of Ganga as No-development Zone
It declared ‘No-Development Zone’ along an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river and directed that this zone must be turned into green belts.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 13 July 2017 passed a few directions to rejuvenate the Ganga river and declared 100 metres from the edge of the Ganga river between Haridwar and Unnao as “No-Development Zone”.
The directions were passed by a NGT bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar.
Directions passed by NGT to rejuvenate Ganga river
• It declared ‘No-Development Zone’ along an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river and directed that this zone must be turned into green belts.
• The environment compensation of Rs 50000 will be imposed on anyone who dumps waste in the Ganga river.
• It prohibited the dumping of waste within 500 metres from the river.
• It directed all the concerned authorities to complete various projects including setting up of a sewage treatment plant and cleaning drains within two years.
• It directed the Uttar Pradesh government to shift tanneries within six weeks from Jajmau in Kanpur to leather parks in Unnao or any other place it considers appropriate.
• It also directed the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to formulate guidelines for religious activities on the ghats of Ganga or its tributaries.
• It divided the work of cleaning the river in different segments- Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao (segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of Bengal in seperate segments.
• It said that all industrial units falling in the catchment area of the Ganga river should be stopped from indiscriminate extraction of groundwater.
• The concept of zero liquid discharge and online monitoring of affluents shall not be applied to industrial units.
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 these directions passed in its 543- page verdict.