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Kumbh 2019: NGT bans commercial activities within 100 metres of Ganga in UP

Leasing, auction, encroachments, anti-pollution activities to be deemed illegal; state irrigation and urban development depts named nodal agencies

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Virendra Singh Rawat Lucknow
India’s green watchdog, National Green Tribunal (NGT), has banned all development and commercial activities near river Ganga between Bijnore district and Unnao-Kanpur region in Uttar Pradesh.

In its directive, NGT has declared the area falling within 100-metre periphery on either side of Ganga as ‘no development/no construction zone’ with the result that any commercial activity, leasing, auction, encroachments, and anti-pollution activities would be deemed illegal.

In the run-up to Kumbh Mela 2019 during Jan-March, the central and state agencies have raised the level of pollution control monitoring and checks for ensuring a cleaner Ganga. More than 120 million pilgrims and tourists are

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First Published: Oct 29 2018 | 5:46 PM IST

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