NGT bans dumping of waste within 500 metres of river Ganga


New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday banned dumping of any kind of waste within 500 metres from the edge of river Ganga, anyone caught littering the river will be charged Rs 50,000.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court suspended a March verdict that gave the Ganga and Yamuna the same legal rights as human beings by declaring them living entities.

The Ganga is one of the world’s filthiest rivers, with tons of raw sewage and industrial waste dumped into it daily. It begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees.

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