To clean Ganga Maa, Rs 5000 fine on use of plastic items in Haridwar

New Delhi, Dec 15:  The National Green Tribunal (NGT) is cracking the whip across the country to clean the environment. After its terse order on Amarnath, the NGT on Friday imposed a complete ban on plastic items like carry bags, plates and cutlery in towns located on the banks of the River Ganga like Haridwar and Rishikesh.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also banned the sale, manufacture and storage of such items till Uttarkashi.

The Green Tribunal also imposed ₹ 5,000 fine on those violating the order and said action will be taken against erring officials too.

The NGT passed the direction after noting that despite its earlier order, plastic was being used in these areas causing pollution to the river.

The Green Panel was hearing a plea of environmentalist M C Mehta.