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HC asks UP govt to ban polythene

Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Thursday asked the Uttar Pradesh government to consider imposing a ban on the use of polythene in all cities and towns, across the state, that are situated along the river Ganga.

A division bench comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and Arun Tandon passed the order while hearing a petition relating to pollution in the Ganga river.

The court also directed the district administration of Allahabad to ensure that no sewage was discharged into the river during the nearly three-month-long Maha Kumbh Mela beginning in Allahabad next month.

The court also directed the state government to take steps to encourage the use of bio-degradable items instead of goods made of plastic and thermocol. The court fixed December 18 as the next date of hearing in the matter.

(Agencies)

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