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NGT passed directions to prevent pollution of Yamuna River

Idols made of bio-degradable material (not with plastic or plaster of Paris) and carrying environment-friendly colours will be allowed for immersion.

Sep 17, 2015 15:36 IST
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Seeing the festive season soon, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 16 September 2015 passed slew of directions to prevent pollution in River Yamuna.

In its direction, bench headed by the NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued ban on immersion of idols except those made from bio-degradable materials.

Main Directions given by NGT
• It allowed immersion of those idols, which are made from bio-degradable material and not with plastic or plaster of Paris.
• Those idols will be immersed in which the colours used are environment-friendly
• Favouring designated sites for immersion of idols, the tribunal directed Irrigation Department of the Delhi government and Uttar Pradesh to hold a meeting with the Vice Chairman of Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to immediately identify such sites.
• It directed the concerned authorities to notify and publicise about immersion of idols on ghats to enable the people know about identified sites for immersion.
• It also ordered all the public authorities including the Delhi government to provide mobile toilets or bio-toilets near the ghats.
• It also warned that commercial/construction activity with machines should not be carried, except for floriculture and silviculture (regeneration of forests) would be allowed to be carried on by any of the authorities, particularly DDA.
• DDA has been asked to ensure maintenance of nearly 63.56 hectare of river banks/flood plains which have been developed as biodiversity parks.

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