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National Green Tribunal’s Idea of 500 Metres Buffer Zone on Banks of Ganga

To ban the construction work from polluting the holy river Ganga, the National Green Tribunal came with an effective plan today which involved creating a 500 m buffer zone on the banks of river Ganga similar to Western countries.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanker Kumar said, “What is applied in United States of America and Australia can’t be applied in India. We are a very diverse country. 500 metres buffer zone on the banks of river Ganga in plain areas can be ok but can it be feasible in hilly areas.”

Prior to the bench’s observation advocate MC Mehta had filed a petition for cleaning river Ganga, suggesting that in Western countries rivers are protected from detrimental effects of pollution by creating buffer zone on the river banks. Thus, restricting any kind of construction work on the banks of the rivers.

Mr. Mehta said, “If tribunal does not take some innovative approach to the problem of Ganga pollution then one day the sacred river will vanish. We have to address the problem for the nation and for the future generation.” He also said that there is urgent need to fix the accountability for making Namami Gange project successful because both Ganga Action Plan (GAP)-1 started in 1985 and GAP -2 started in 1995 have failed miserably.

Mr. Mehta also suggested that National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) should acquire the land on both sides of the river and create a buffer zone and also earmark space for scheduling Kumbh Mela and Ardh Kumbh Mela.

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Published On: November 3, 2015
Last Updated On: November 12, 2015

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