Uttarakhand HC issues notice to river Ganga

Shubhang Chauhan
A PIL was filed by village president, and in response to it, the two judges also sent notices to Uttarakhand pollution control board, Rishikesh Nagar Palika and to others involved in the case, including holy river Ganga.

Dehradun, April 30: The Uttarakhand High Court on Friday issued a notice to river Ganga, this came a month after it was declared a living entity. First time in India a river has been served notice. Justice VK Bisht and Alok Singh issued a notice to the Harak Singh Rawat government.

A PIL was filed by village president, and in response to it, the two judges also sent notices to Uttarakhand pollution control board, Rishikesh Nagar Palika and to others involved in the case, including holy river Ganga. According to Hindustan Times, Swarup Singh Pundir, the village head of Khadak Maf, challenged the Rawat government’s proposal to install a garbage dump in Rishikesh. The Ganga flows on two sides of the land reserved for the garbage dump. As per the village head, installing the garbage dump will pollute the river with garbage and this will shoot up in monsoon.

He also stated that this process would defeat Namami Gange project which is funded by the state government to clean the river. Responding to his petition, the High Court of the hilly zone sent notices asking them to reply by may 8.