New Delhi: Refusing to intervene in the Allahabad High Court order on pollution in the Ganga river, the Supreme Court advised the petitioner to withdraw petition. The petitioner, Allahabad Development Authority (ADA), filed a case in the High Court seeking a stay on the latter’s order prohibiting construction within 500 metres of the Ganga.  

A two-judge bench comprising Justice D K Jain and Justice A K Ganguly rejected the ADA petition on Monday.

Notably, on March 28 and April 22, the Allahabad High Court had issued the order in this matter. According to the order, any residential construction within 200 metres of riverbed of the Ganga was prohibited whereas construction for any specific purpose like temple was permissible in the area stretching after 200 metres and within 300 metres of the Ganga riverbed.

The ADA had filed the petition citing the loss of crores of rupees if the High Court was implemented owing to the Nav Prayag Yojna. However, the Apex Court refusing to interfere in the matter asked the ADA to withdraw the petition.