NGT orders Rs 50,000 fine for dumping waste into Ganga

The bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the authorities that no waste dumping should be allowed within 500 meters from the edge of the Ganga.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 13, 2017 3:43 pm
ganga, ganga river, ngt ganga, ngt ganga waste dumping, ngt ganga penalty, indian express news The National Green Tribunal imposed a penalty of Rs. 50,000 on people dumping waste in Ganga. (Express Photo)

A penalty of Rs 50, 000 will be imposed on those dumping waste in the stretch between Haridwar and Unnao of River Ganga, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) said on Thursday.

The bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the authorities that no waste dumping should be allowed within 500 meters from the edge of the Ganga. Also, 100 meters from the edge of the river should be declared a “no-development zone,” the NGT said.

The bench observed that an amount of Rs 7,000 crore had already been spent so far by the government for cleaning of the Ganga and directed the Centre to not spend any more money on the project.

Environmental activist MC Mehta, in his plea before the NGT, demanded a CBI inquiry into the 7,000 crore spent by the government.

“The amount spent on cleaning of Ganga has gone waste. I think there should be an enquiry by the Government of India. There is definitely more money spent than Rs 7,000 crore as every authority has spent money on cleaning of the river. There should be a CBI enquiry or a CAG audit on how the funds have been spent, as this is the public money which has been wasted,” Mehta said as reported by PTI.

The Tribunal directed the concerned authorities to complete the setting up of a sewage treatment plant and cleaning of drains within two years. It further ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to shift tanneries within six weeks from Jajmau in Kanpur to leather parks in Unnao. the UP and the Uttrakhand government were directed to formulate guidelines for religious activities that take place on the ghats of Ganga or its tributaries.

The concept of zero liquid discharge and online monitoring of effluents should not be applied to  industrial units falling under the area of Ganga, NGT said. It also directed industries to stop the extraction of groundwater.

In its 543-page judgment, the NGT announced the formation of a supervisory committee to look into the implementation of the directions passed and directed the committee to submit a report on the same. While Haridwar lies in Uttarakhand, Unnao is a district in nearby Uttar Pradesh.

The bench divided the cleaning of the river in different segments, Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao (Segment B of Phase-I), border of UP to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of Bengal.

The tribunal had heard the arguments of the parties for almost 18 months before reserving the judgment on May 31. The verdict came on a 1985 PIL filed by M C Mehta which was further transferred to the NGT from the apex court in 2014.


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  1. Sankaran Krishnan
    Jul 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    NGT is committing a mistake of fining just Rs.50,000/- which is nothing for those who are dumping the wastes and instead why not announce and impose heavy fines to begin with Rs.10 Lakhs and for repeated offence Rs,50 Lakhs and the amount collected can be used for cleaning the water bodies between Haridwar and Unnao because if the Huge amount is not collected as Fine they will indulge in same acts and what we need is to create an fear factor among the wrong doers that they will suffer financially which will make them to think twice before indulging in such gimmicks and wrongful acts !!!
    1. S
      Jul 13, 2017 at 2:32 pm
      i would prefer a special ganga protection force and separate ganga tribunal with compulsory death sentence for wilful economically well to do violators. ganga is indeed in precarious state, need immediate strong actions.
      1. K
        krishna kumar
        Jul 13, 2017 at 1:58 pm
        This order of NGT must be enforced very vigorously both in letter and spirit, to make Ganga clean. This issue should have been sorted out long time back.
        1. R
          rick patel
          Jul 13, 2017 at 1:08 pm
          This message is for people belonging to all religion who are posting hate comments. You people are going to suffer and die very soon..This is a curse on you all.Imagine when your soul will leave your body how much pain will be there , Be kind be nice to everyone does not matter which religion you will suffer less at the time of dying..No body lives forever be kind before its too late death is very near to you all.
          1. P
            Jul 13, 2017 at 1:01 pm
            Fine with the ban on plastic but in the name of cleansing, NGT and the likes target only the relegious practices where most of the waste is organic. What about factories which cause 95 of the destruction? Is any penalty imposed on them? They dare not. Same is the situation with lakes in Bangalore too.
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