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'River of plastic' video: NGT seeks action taken report on Ashwani Khud in HP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has sought an action taken report (ATR) from the government on steps taken to clean Ashwani Khud river, which had heaps of plastic waste flowing into it as per a video that went viral last year.

A bench headed by NGT Justice directed the to submit the ATR by April 30.

Taking cognisance of the video, NGT had directed the state board to verify the facts and submit a detailed report.

The board had issued notices to the and Municipal Council for violation of the provisions of the (Protection) Act, 1986, Solid Rules, 2016 and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

During the hearing, the tribunal was informed that Municipal Council is in the process of preparing drainwise estimate for installing plastic trap, nets and check dams.

told the bench that it has taken certain steps in the matter of solid waste management, and fencing work will be completed by April 15. Besides, it said, the plastic waste will be purchased by the corporation and processed in Waste to

The 1.2-minute video on a "river of plastic" went viral on the social media, showing that it was the Ashwani Khud, near Seri, in district.

It showed that the river, which had supplied drinking water to Shimla till 2017, had turned into the "river of plastic", with enormous quantity of waste seen flowing into it.

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First Published: Wed, March 13 2019. 16:05 IST