29th May, 2020

Uttarakhand High Court Directs To Seal Hotels Polluting Ganga

The Uttarakhand High Court has stepped in to save the holy river ‘Ganga’ in the state. Apparently, Ganga originates in the state of Uttarakhand.

The High Court in the state has directed the state government and district magistrates to “identify” and “seal” the hotels, industries, ashrams etc, that are polluting rivers in the state. The directive issued to all the 13 districts says that all entities polluting river Ganga and its tributaries by dumping untreated sewage matter shall be closed.

Get Sewage Treatment Plant

The bench comprising of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Alok Singh ordered that pollution in the rivers will not be tolerated. Any industry, hotel or guesthouse which does not have sewage treatment plants and are releasing their waste into the rivers shall be sealed within three weeks.

In an earlier order of the high court, some 150 establishments were shut down for polluting the Ganga.

Plastic Free Zone

To preserve the biodiversity of the state, the National Parks shall be declared plastic free zones as ordered by the courts. This includes Tiger Reserve, Elephant Reserve, Jim Corbett and Rajaji National Park. The visitors shall not be permitted to carry plastic bags into these parks except two water bottles each.

The empty water bottles will have to be handed at the exit points. The persons on duty at these entry and exit points will ensure due compliance of the order.