Allahabad: Hearing a PIL regarding conservation of the river Ganga, a division bench of the Allahabad high court comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Arun Tandon on Friday directed the Principal Secretary, urban development,Uttar Pradesh to put a temporary halt on building cemented ghats on the banks of river Ganga but on the other hand asked to continue with the construction of a ghat on river Yamuna till a compact plan is placed in this regard.

The next hearing of the case is slated to take place on May 21. The court has directed to construct a barrage on the proposed ghat between Nagabasuki and qila after a thorough study in order to store water.
Court directed Principal Secretary, Irrigation, Uttar Pradesh to buy drilling machines and other useful apparatus from the budget amount meant for constructing ghats.

The bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and Arun Tandon which is hearing the case ruled that it is the responsibility of Centre to keep river Ganga clean and also extend help to concerned states in executing the plan.
Acting upon Amicus Curiae Arun Gupta’s objection to constructions in the landfill area the court also asked for announcing the entire area as Green belt while sticking to its ban order on construction within the periphery of 500 metre.

However,Principal Secretary expressed satisfaction over the fact that government’s order of releasing 50 pc of water is being fully complied presently.

JPN/ Bureau