The National Green Tribunal today banned the dumping of any waste within 500 metres of the Ganga.
It has also declared the river’s stretch between Uttarakhand’s Haridwar to Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao as a no-development zone.
The NGT has further declared an environment penalty of Rs 50,000 on anyone who dumps waste in the river.
Last week, thermal power plants discharging effluents in the Ganga basin came under the radar of the National Green Tribunal which sought a report on whether they have adequate measures in place to prevent pollution of the river.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Environment Ministry and the Ministry of Power to hold a meeting in this regard and file their comments along with affidavit before it.
The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by NGO Indian Council for Enviro Legal Action seeking regulation of thermal power plants located in the Ganga river basin. The plea has also sought directions to ensure that fly ash is not released into the Ganga river or its tributaries.