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National Green Tribunal seeks fresh reports from Uttarakhand, other states on Ganga pollution

The green panel, which was hearing a matter regarding the prevention and control of pollution in the Ganga, also directed the districts concerned in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal to mention the relevant details

PTI New Delhi Published 29.11.23, 08:30 PM
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The National Green Tribunal has sought a fresh report from Uttarakhand, noting that some "basic details" regarding the Ganga's pollution were "missing" in the report from the state's 13 districts through which the river or its tributaries flow.

The green panel, which was hearing a matter regarding the prevention and control of pollution in the Ganga, also directed the districts concerned in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal to mention the relevant details.

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These include information on the disposal of municipal solid waste, construction or demolition waste and biomedical waste, discharge of sewage and industrial effluent, and mining and regulation of floodplain zones, the tribunal said.

The green panel had earlier sought reports on the river's pollution from each district across the various states where the Ganga or its tributaries flow.

A bench of Chairperson Justice Prakash Shrivastava noted that the tribunal had sought a report regarding the river from Uttarakhand's 13 district collectors, who are the ex-offico chairperson of District Ganga Protection Committees.

The bench, also comprising Judicial Member Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Expert Member A Senthil Vel, said none of the districts disclosed the "basic information" regarding the river's pollution.

In an order dated November 24, it said various "missing" details have to be mentioned for each district. Apart from Uttarakhand, these details are also required from the other districts of the states through which the river or its tributaries flow.

"Therefore, we direct that this order be circulated to the chief secretaries of all the states concerned ie, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal so that the report filed by the concerned district magistrates include the above information," it said.

Directing that a fresh report be submitted within eight weeks, the tribunal posted the matter to February 9 for further proceedings.

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