The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Director
of Namami Gange and the Director General of National Institute of Hydrology to
inspect and submit a report on the Yamuna floodplain in Agra. The inspection is
to be done to ascertain the demarcation of river floodplain in Agra and the
construction on it.
At previous instances, the NGT had rebuked Uttar
Pradesh government for improper demarcation of floodplain of river Yamuna. The
tribunal had also slammed Agra Development Authority for allowing construction
on the floodplain.
In 2015, NGT had restrained real estate
development close to Yamuna. It had also banned dumping of construction
material into the Yamuna.
The National Green Tribunal was established in
2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010. The responsibility of the
tribunal is to work on the disposal of cases related to environmental
protection, conservation of forests and other natural resources.
The Namami Gange is an Integrated Conservation
Mission which seeks effective abatement of pollution, conservation and
rejuvenation of River Ganga.
National Institute of Hydrology is an autonomous
body under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga
Rejuvenation. It is a premier research organization working in the area of
hydrology and water resources in India.