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NGT directs Mathura MP Hema Malini to clear debris from Yamuna floodplains

Mathura MP Hema Malini during the rally in Mathura on Sunday. Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav. 19.11.2017.

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Although Mathura MP Hema Malini shifted the venue of her two-day Holi cultural extravaganza, ‘Rangotsav’, from the banks of the Yamuna to the local veterinary university, the National Green Tribunal has asked her and the Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority to ensure removal of debris, if any, from the banks of the river.
A bench headed by Jawad Rahim also directed the BJP MP from Mathura and the civic body to undo any damage done to the floodplains. It passed the order while disposing of a plea seeking a stay on the cultural event which was to be held on the Yamuna floodplains in Mathura. The state government clarified that the venue had been shifted elsewhere, to which NGT said that if any debris were dumped on the floodplain, they should be cleared.
When contacted, Hema Malini said that no activity was done at the river banks, as the venue had been shifted from there well in advance.
Mathura district magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra said that the venue had been shifted nine days before the ground work started for the event, so there was nothing which needed to be removed from the floodplain. He said, “It is absolutely incorrect to say that any debris were thrown there and we have all the records and anyone can visit the site.”
The chief patron of Sree Mathur Chaturved Parishad, Mahesh Pathak, who approached the NGT seeking a stay on the two-day event, said, “The organisers shifted the venue, but 100 truckloads of debris were dumped there to level the ground. If the debris are not removed, I will move NGT again.”
“In case any debris have been dumped and any activity has taken place on the bank of river Yamuna, it shall be removed and damage if any shall be set right by the development authority) and Hema Malini under the supervision of UP Pollution Control Board and district magistrate,” the bench said in its recent order.
The NGT had earlier directed UPPCB and the National Mission for Clean Ganga to inspect the site on the Yamuna floodplains opposite the historic Vishram Ghat in Mathura and submit a report.
The petition had said that the activity proposed on the riverbed would require construction of stage and other ancillary arrangements to host nearly 5,000 people. It had sought directions to restrain the authorities from carrying out any further organisation of the proposed activity on the riverbed and floodplain of Yamuna.

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