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Ganga receives its first legal notice from Uttarakhand High Court

Conferred with the status of being a separate human entity on March 20, 2017, the holy Ganga river has received its first legal notice from the Uttarakhand High Court, asking it to explain why its land was given for construction of a trenching ground? Accepting the petition filed by Rishikesh resident Swaroop Singh Pundir opposing the proposed trenching ground at Rishikesh, a legal notice was issued to Ganga by the division bench of High Court comprising Justice VK Bisht and Justice Alok Singh. The court has asked the custodians of Ganga River including the Chief Secretary, the advocate general and director of Namami Gange Project to respond to the legal notice on behalf of Ganga River.

Ganga receives first legal notice from Uttarakhand High Court

Src: Polluted Ganga river

In the PIL issued by Swaroop Singh in 2015, it was stated that the Village Council allotted 10 acres of land area to Rishikesh Municipality several years ago, without consulting the villagers. The municipality then proposed a plan to make a trenching ground at Khadri village near the banks of Ganges, for which the approval of the Village Council was not taken. It is speculated that crores of rupees will be drained for this project under the Namami Gange Project. Pundir further said that river Ganges flow on both sides of the land and the water level rises during the monsoon season, which drains the garbage in the river. Taking a heed in this regard, the High Court has issued a notice to Ganga, the Union Government, Central Pollution Control Board, State Pollution Control Board and the Rishikesh Municipality. The court has ordered the respondents to file a reply before 8 when the next hearing will be done.

Src: Hindustan