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Jul 13, 2017 02:45 PM IST |

NGT directs Yogi Adityanath govt to relocate tanneries, set guidelines for puja along Ganga's banks

The Green Tribunal allocated six weeks to the Yogi Adityanath government to relocate tanneries from Jajmau to Unnao or any other appropriate place.

NGT directs Yogi Adityanath govt to relocate tanneries, set guidelines for puja along Ganga's banks

The National Green Tribunal has banned any kind of wastage dumping within 500 metres of the Ganga’s banks and a fine of Rs 50,000 would be imposed on anyone doing this. The green court also instructed the Uttar Pradesh government to move tanneries away from the river’s edges.

In addition, the tribunal advised the UP and Uttarakhand governments to set up guidelines for religious activities held on the ghats of the river as well as its tributaries, reported NDTV.

The Green Tribunal allocated six weeks to the Yogi Adityanath government to relocate tanneries from Jajmau to Unnao or any other appropriate place. Most of the tanneries are situated in the industrial city of Kanpur along the river. Only 14 of 450 odd tanneries in the state have been shut by March this year, the report added.

Most of the tanneries are situated in the industrial city of Kanpur along the river. Only 14 of 450 odd tanneries in the state have been shut by March this year, the report added.

Ganga, one of the filthiest rivers in the world, while passing through the plains changes its colours many times—from crystal clear to dark grey to red— mainly due to the industrial waste flowing into it.

Nearly 5,000 million litres of sewage flows into the Ganga daily, less than 25 percent is treated in any form. The pollution in the river has also damaged the aquatic life in the river. There are reports that state that sighting of Gangetic Dolphins has declined over the years.

Such a condition is despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pledge to clean up the holy river. The central government had established a USD three billion fund to clean the river. The plan, as of now, is running behind schedule.
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