High Court issued notice to River Ganga, the Union government, central pollution control board, state pollution control board and the Rishikesh municipality.
After being given a human status recently, river Ganga received its 1st legal notice ever from the Uttarakhand HC yesterday asking it to an explanation that why its land was given for construction of trenching ground.
This notice was issued by a division bench of the HC comprising Justices VK Bisht and Alok Singh on a PIL filed by Swaroop Singh Pundir, a Rishikesh’s resident.
PIL said a trenching ground is being constructed in the village Khadri Khadag close to the banks of this holy river in gross violation of law.
Swaroop Singh Pundir claimed that the concerned gram panchayat allotted the land to local civic body several years ago without consulting with the villagers.
Issuing notice to the river Ganga, the Union Govt., Central Pollution Control Board, the Rishikesh municipality & State Pollution control board the court has directed the respondents to file a reply before 8th May 2017, when the next hearing will take place.
Officials made custodians of the Ganga when it was granted human status by the Uttarakhand HC, including the Chief Secretary, the Advocate General & director of the Namami Gange project will respond to this legal notice on behalf of the holy river.
The Uttarakhand HC had earlier this year accorded the status of ‘living human entities’ to the rivers Ganga & Yamuna to help in their “preservation & conservation”.
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