No Construction Within 50M From Ganga In Hills: NGT
Construction activities would be prohibited within 50 metre (mt) from the edge of the Ganga in hilly areas as it would now be treated as no-development zone, the National Green Tribunal said on December 18, modifying its earlier order.
No-development zones are areas where no construction, including commercial or residential buildings, can come up.
A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said that keeping in view the topography of mountainous regions, there was a necessity of revisiting its direction.
In July, the NGT had kept this limit at 100 mt. However, the Bench has now said that the areas falling between 50-100 mt would be considered as "regulatory" zone, and there would be a ban on construction activity in this area till the state comes with a specific policy.
With regard to industries located in Haridwar, the NGT said that all units would be connected to common effluent treatment plants and in case of failure they would be shut down.
The tribunal had earlier prohibited dumping of waste within 500 mt from the river, ordering that every offender would be liable to pay a penalty of Rs 50,000 on each default.
The NGT had earlier asked states concerned to regulate activities on banks of the Ganga and its tributaries, and ordered UP and Uttarakhand governments to formulate guidelines for religious activities on the ghats during festivals.
On the issue of maintaining the flow of the river, the tribunal had directed that the minimum environment flow should not fall "below 20 per cent of the average monthly lean season flow”.
With inputs from Housing News