The National Green Tribunal on Thursday (10th December 2015) decided to ban camping in Rishikesh, a major tourist hotspot in Uttarakhand. It also clamped a blanket ban on the use of plastic and regulated mines on Ganga in order to the pollution of the river. The ban would be in effect from Feb 1, 2016.
The decision came on the lines pushed forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’ clean Ganga project – the NGT said “No camping activity shall be carried out in the entire belt of Kaudiyala to Rishikesh and the government would abide by its statement made before the tribunal on March 31st 2015, till the regulatory regime in terms of this judgment comes into force and is effectively implemented.” The rafting activity can be carried out according the decision.
The panel also constituted a committee of officials representing Uttarakhand and central government to submit a report on regulatory regime within three weeks to the tribunal.
It also directed a blanket ban on the use of plastic from Gaumukh to Haridwar along the river. Besides, the tribunal ordered the mining on the river bed shall be carried out in a highly regulated manner under strict supervision.
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