NGT bans plastic bags in Haridwar, Rishikesh

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In the bid to clean the Ganga river, NGT has imposed a ban on use, sale, purchase of plastic items in Haridwar and Rishikesh.

It was reported, “NGT bans the use, sale, purchase & storage of plastic bags & plastic items like plates and spoons etc. along river Ganga in Haridwar’s Har Ki Pauri, Rishikesh, till upper areas in Uttarkashi. Fine of Rs.5000 to be imposed on violators”.

The order was passed to ban the use, sale, and storage of plastic items in Haridwar, Rishikesh and other districts along banks of river Ganga.

It was believed that ban includes the plastic items used in any form of plastic bags used for serving or packing food and others.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has reportedly banned the sale, storage of plastic items till Uttarkashi.

Following the ban, the green tribunal has said a fine of Rs 5,000 if anybody found violating the norms.

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