U’khand HC directs declaring hill stations as eco-sensitive
Uttarakhand High Court on Monday ordered all hill stations and glaciers in the state to be declared as eco-sensitive within three months and put a ban on all construction within 25 km radius of the glaciers.
A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justice Rajeev Sharma and Justice Alok Singh also said there should be restriction on the number of people visiting the glaciers besides imposition of a tax on them.
It also directed all municipal boards and nagar panchayats along the Ganges and the Yamuna to set up sewage treatment plants within six months besides asking the government to check water quality every 24 hours.
The order came on a PIL seeking the court’s intervention for stopping illegal construction and felling of trees in the vicinity of Nainital.
The High Court banned all new construction and felling of trees within a radius of two kilometres and five kilometers respectively around the lakes of Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchyataal, Nainital and Khurpataal.
The court also ordered that no new construction should take place within a radius of 25 km of Gangotri and Yamunotri glaciers and no fossil fuel be burnt within a radius of 10 km around them.
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