Remove debris from Hindon river bed: Tribunal

July 29th, 2012 - 8:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Ghaziabad, July 29 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal has directed the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) and the irrigation department of Uttar Pradesh to clear the debris dumped on Hindon river bed for the construction of a bridge.

The principal bench of the tribunal July 26 ordered the removal of the debris on the complaint of environmentalist Vikrant Sharma.

Sharma filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking direction to the GDA to stop bridge construction work on the river bed, alleging an ecological threat.

He alleged that the construction of an artificial embankment for the bridge was causing environmental damage by adversely affecting the normal flow of the river water.

The apex court referred the case of the proposed third bridge over the Hindon river to the tribunal.

The GDA and the irrigation department July 26 assured the tribunal to remove all the debris. They were told to submit an affidavit after complying with the order.

The tribunal would next hear the case Aug 28.

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