NGT bans camping activity from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand

The tribunal bans plastic use in the Ganga belt in Rishikesh-Haridwar.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: December 10, 2015 1:52 pm

Passing a slew of measures to control pollution in the river Ganga, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday banned camping activity from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand with immediate effect. However, rafting has been permitted by the panel. The tribunal also barred any activity in the ‘eco-sensitive zone’ within 100 metres of middle of the river.

Banning mechanised riverbed mining in the Ganga till Haridwar, the tribunal barred use of plastic in the Ganga belt in Rishikesh and Haridwar and ordered a fine of Rs 5000 for violation of the order.

gurez-raftingThe governments of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh will create an action plan to identify rafting camps, said the NGT, adding ashrams, dharmshalas from Gomukh to Haridwar will have to pay environment compensation for dumping waste in the Ganga.

The panel also spelt out that there will be no temporary or permanent structures in Rishikesh and that camping will be allowed only in identified sites.

Rishikesh is a popular rafting site and attracts a huge number of tourists from India and abroad.

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  1. K
    Apr 27, 2016 at 7:45 am
    Government has to take necessary action against those who did not know how to behave with there Customers/Camping;br/gt;My Bad experience with rishikesh Camping :- We are three friends and we decided to spend some time at rishikesh then booked camp from Krishna Holidays they said:-lt;br/gt;1. you can reach at our budget Camp after 1 km from Shivpuri - believe me i don't how to government permit them to process there camping business, Very dangerous;br/gt; 2. Then they said there is no camp available for you so, you have to stay at our Godown we are shocked how can they do with us but this is our;br/gt;3. Staff was very very rude after getting cash from us in advance they changed their style of;br/gt;4. this is promise these camps are 100% illegal with swimming pool and DJ night and government has to take;br/gt;then they said go from their and check out from out camp on 1:00 Am we said them how can you do this with us after taking money then we spend our night in car which is place at a dangerous;br/gt;Sir, This is my request to every reader please do go their and also requested to THE INDIAN EXPRESS to give me the suggestion how to take action against them. lt;br/gt;Address of camp :- Govind,rafting club adventure,9410563252,8954075270,Camp on ganga Badrinath Road,Shivpuri