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Uttarakhand High Court issues notice to river Ganga

Days after the Uttarakhand High Court declared river Ganga as a living entity, a notice was issued upon the river by the court. This is the first time a river has been issued a legal notice, Hindustan Times reported.

A two-judge bench led by VK Bisht and Alok Singh, while responding to a PIL filed by a gram pradhan, reportedly sent notices to all the respondents in the case including river Ganga.

According to the HT report, the PIL petitioner Swarup Singh Pundir, challenged the Uttarakhand government’s proposal to create a garbage dump in Rishikesh as the Ganga flows on two sides of the proposed land.

The petitioner reportedly said this will further pollute the river with garbage and would defeat the purpose of Namami Gange project which is being funded by the government to clean the river.

Reacting to the petition, the court has sent notices to the state government, state pollution control board, Rishikesh Nagar Palika, River Ganga and Central Pollution Control Board asking them to reply on the matter till May 8.

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