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Ganga cleaning: NGT directs Uttarakhand Chief Secretary to appear before it on April 3

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today directed the of to appear before it and explain the steps taken by the to clean the in the stretch between and

A bench headed by Justice expressed dissatisfaction over the supplementary compliance report filed by the state noting that is was "factually incorrect" and asked the senior bureaucrat to be personally present on April 3 to give first hand information.

The green panel also asked the to re-examine the issue with senior officers and make a categorical statement about compliance of its December 10, 2015 directions on rejuvenation of the river.

Earlier, M C Mehta, who has filed a plea for cleaning of Ganga, had said that there were deficiencies in the compliance report and it does not answer whether the directions of the tribunal have been complied with.

The green panel, in a detailed judgement, had passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate Ganga, declaring as 'No Development Zone' an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river between and Unnao and prohibiting dumping of waste within 500 metres from the river.

The tribunal had said that the government had spent over Rs 7,000 crore in two years to clean the Ganga "which still remains a serious environmental issue".

The order, running into 543 pages, said "till the demarcation of floodplains and identification of permissible and non-permissible activities by the of this judgement, we direct that 100 metres from the edge of the river would be treated as no development/construction zone between to Unnao in UP."

'No-development zones' are areas where no construction including commercial or residential buildings can come up.

It also imposed a complete prohibition on disposal of municipal solid waste, or bio-medical waste on the floodplains or into the river and its tributaries.

The tribunal reiterated its earlier order of ban on mechanical in Ganga and said "no in-stream mechanical is permitted and even the on the floodplain should be semi-mechanical and preferably more manual".

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 17:20 IST