Uttarakhand: NGT bans camping activities within 100 m of Ganga

There are 33 beaches along the Ganga.

Uttarakhand: NGT bans camping activities within 100 m of Ganga

In an order in lieu of protecting the Ganga, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday ordered a ban on camping activities within 100 metres of the Ganga but allowed it at some spots.

The Hindu reported that the bench headed by chairperson Swatanter Kumar said the ban will be imposed from Kaudiyala to Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. However, there are 33 beaches along the Ganga.

NGT has allowed camping on 25 spots upstream of Rishikesh, NDTV reported.

Activist Vikrant Tongad had moved the NGT against camping along the river. He had contended that camping and river rafting, when done without any regulations, would disturb the environment.

He highlighted that people who had camped along the river disposed of waste in the river and also left behind glass and plastic bottles on the banks.