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National Green Tribunal seeks action against industries polluting Ganga in Uttar Pradesh

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The National Green Tribunal has directed Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to look into the river polluting industrial activities and take action against the discharge of untreated sewage in River Bhella, which ultimately meets the river Ganga.

NGT chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel-led bench was dealing with the execution of a tribunal order passed last year, in which directions were issued for remedial action against the pollution in the river Bhella which meets Kosi river in Rampur, a tributary of Ramganga that reaches Ganga.

The tribunal noted that there is a high level of faecal coliform and other waste in the river and it is not meeting the bathing criteria and water quality had deteriorated.

“Imbalance, as is being caused today, needs to be remedied to prevent threatening reduction of flow in the rivers. This may be done by a joint Committees in the atates of UP and Uttarakhand, headed by Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture with nominees of Departments of Soil Conservation, Forest, Water Resources and Panchayati Raj and Rural Development,” it directed.

“Since the tributaries in question ultimately meet the river Ganga, stern steps for rejuvenation of Ramganga and East Kali carrying the waste of the catchment, having agro-based industries are required to be taken. Discharge of untreated sewage has to be stopped. Let Chief Secretary UP look into the matter and take remedial action,” the order dated May 12 said.

The green court said there are three issues for consideration –preventing pollution, checking illegal extraction of groundwater, and recovering compensation for past violations.

“Let the monitoring norms be reviewed accordingly and for the past violations, further remedial action taken in terms of recovery of compensation for the violations for being used for the restoration of environment and augmentation of groundwater levels,” it said.

The Tribunal earlier found that pollution of river Bhella in Moradabad was taking place due to untreated discharge of pollutants by industries, apart from other sources. One of the major polluting industries was Radico Khaitan Limited.

In the plea, it was alleged that the State authorities concerned have failed to take necessary steps for enforcement of the order of this Tribunal.

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India reports 3,805 fresh Covid cases 26 deaths and 115 Cases & No Death In Mumbai

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In the last 24 hours, India reported 3,805 fresh Covid-19 cases ad 26 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The new fatalities pushed the nationwide death toll to 5,28,655.

The active caseload stood at 38,293, accounting for 0.09 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 5,069 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,40,24,164. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.73 per cent.

The country’s daily and weekly positivity rates were 1.29 per cent and 1.39 per cent, respectively.

Also in the same period, a total of 2,95,416 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 89.53 crore.

As of Saturday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 218.68 crore.

Over 4.10 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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India reports 3,947 new Covid cases, 18 deaths

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 India reported 3,947 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, against 4,272 reported on the previous day, said the Union Health Ministry on Friday.

In the same period, the country recorded 18 more deaths, taking the national Covid death toll to 5,28,629 as per the report.

The active caseload presently stands at 39,583 cases, accounting for 0.09 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 5,096 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,40,19,095. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.73 per cent.

Meanwhile, India’s daily positivity rate has been reported to be 1.23 per cent, while the weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.44 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 3,20,734 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 89.50 crore.

As of Friday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 218.17 crore.

Over 4.10 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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India logs 4,272 fresh Covid infections, 27 deaths

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 India on Thursday reported 4,272 fresh Covid infections in the past 24 hours against the previous day’s 3,615 count, as per the Union Health Ministry data.

During the same period, 27 more Covid-related deaths took the nationwide death toll to 5,28,611.

Meanwhile, the active caseload stands at 40,750 cases, accounting for 0.09 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 4,474 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,40,13,999. Consequently, the recovery rate stands at 98.72 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Daily Positivity rate has been reported to be 1.35 per cent and the Weekly Positivity Rate stands at 1.51 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 3,16,916 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 89.47 crore.

As of this morning, the Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 218.17 crore.

Over 4.09 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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