Varanasi: Those who pollute the Ganges river in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, are not well off. After the strictness of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), the municipal corporation is preparing to impose a fine of Rs 25,000 on those who spread dirt on the Ganges Ghat. The administration believes that by imposing fines, people will reduce the pollution of the river Ganges. A municipal corporation official said that a lot of strictness is being done to spread pollution in the Ganges. Laundry on the Ganga Ghat can be fined from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000. Apart from this, a fine of up to Rs 10,000 has been fixed for immersion of idols, immersion of pooja material, and up to Rs 10-20 thousand for excrement and excretion on the Ganges. This proposal will be approved in the meeting of the Ganga committee.
After the instructions of the state government, a Ganga committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the District Officer (DM), about five months ago, the Municipal Corporation decided the slab of the fine by making a by-law. This exercise took place during former Municipal Commissioner Ashutosh Kumar Dwivedi, but the implementation has now started.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Ajay Singh said that the Municipal Corporation is going to impose penalty on those who spread dirt in the Ganges river as per the directions of the NGT. It will be decided in the meeting of the Ganga Committee.
Regional Officer of Pollution Control Board Kalika Singh said that a provision has been made to impose heavy penalty on those who do the filth in the Ganges. For this, necessary instructions and suggestions related to fines have been given to the Municipal Corporation and other related departments. In the coming time, apart from residential buildings, the owners and operators of sewage and dirty water coming out of hotels, restaurants and other establishments will also be fined.
(Input: Agency IANS)