Looking at the present scenario from the rampant floods of Uttarakhand, the drought affected Maharashtra, to the recent catastrophe held at Chennai taking away many innocent lives. All these signs are somewhere indicating an urgent need to restore our natural resources, for preventing global warming. If we do not come forward to preserve what mother earth has graciously bestowed upon us, then no sooner we will witness doomsday. It will be a day when the whole humanity will weep for being ignorant and selfish.
Closely monitoring the behaviour of the commercial hotels, dharamshala or ashrams who dispose of the domestic garbage and sewage in what they refer to as “Holy Ganga” has alarmed the National Green Tribunal of their ignorance towards the environment. The NGT has penalised these hotels and guest houses with a fine of Rs 5,000 per day. Also, from February 1, onwards there will be a complete ban on the use of plastic and other non-biodegradable materials from Gomukh to Haridwar, along Ganga.
NGT has divided the clean-up of river Ganga into 5 different segments:
In a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said, “Under no circumstances, plastic carry bags of any thickness whatsoever would be permitted. The procurement, storing and sale of such plastic bags, plates, glasses, spoons etc are hereby prohibited”. He further added, “These restrictions would become operative with effect from February 1, 2016”.
The green bench will also shut down all the environment polluting industries which are operating without the consent of Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board.
It is said, “No mechanised river bed mining would be permitted. No JCBs (mechanical excavator) would be permitted to operate on the river bed”.