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National Green Tribunal Bans Plastic Items In Towns Located Along Banks Of Ganga, Violators To Be Fined

The ban was ordered by NGT at the wake of noticing that despite an earlier order, plastic was frequently being used in Ganga adjoining areas, causing pollution

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Highlights
  • NGT bans plastic items in Haridwar and upper areas of Uttarakashi
  • A fine of Rs 5,000 will be imposed on those violating the order
  • Plastic pollution was rampant despite an earlier order by NGT

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed a complete ban on plastic items like carry bags, plates and cutlery in towns located on the banks of the River Ganga like Haridwar and Rishikesh. A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also banned the sale, manufacture and storage of such items till along river Ganga in Haridwar’s Har Ki Pauri, till upper areas in Uttarkashi.

The Green Tribunal also imposed Rs 5,000 fine on those violating the order and said action will be taken against erring officials too. The NGT passed the direction after noting that despite its earlier order, plastic was being used in these areas causing pollution to the river. The Green Panel was hearing a plea of environmentalist MC Mehta.

Also Read: Chronology Of Events Leading To National Green Tribunal’s Landmark Decision On River Ganga

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  1. kumar

    December 16, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    From the article I understand that NGT is going to depute officers/staff to observe/watch the river banks to find out and fine the people who violate the rules. But they are not doing anything to deterioting the Delhi roads – urinating, spitting and dumping of waste, et.c etc. why don’t they fine these people ??? Everywhere there are rules and systems for each problem, but concerned authorites are continuously failing to take action or they don’t want to take action.

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