New Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) The National Green Tribunal has directed actor-turned-MP Hema Malini and the Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority to ensure removal of debris, if any, lying on the banks of Yamuna following preparations for two-day ‘Rangotsav’ festival. Also Read - UP Shocker: 13-year-old Boy Sexually Assaulted by 2 Minors in Aligarh, Given Rs 20 to Stay Mum

A bench headed by Jawad Rahim also directed the BJP MP from Mathura and the Authority to undo any damage done to the floodplains. Also Read - UP Gram Panchayat Election 2021: Last Few Days Left to Raise Objection, Final Reservation List of Seats to be Released on THIS Date

It passed the order while disposing of a plea seeking a stay on the cultural event to be held on the Yamuna floodplains in Mathura. Also Read - Aatma Nirbhar: Viral Video Shows 98-Year-Old Selling Chana, Says 'Don't Want to Be A Burden on Kids'

The green panel noted the submission of the Uttar Pradesh government that the event, which was likely to be held on the proposed site, has been shifted to some other place.

The state government is planning to organise ‘Rangotsav’ (festival of colours) in Mathura and Barsana to commemorate the traditional ‘Latthmaar Holi’.

“Be that as it may, in case any debris has been dumped and if any activity has taken place on the bank of river Yamuna, the same shall be removed and damage if any shall be set right by the Respondent No 2 (Development Authority) and 5 (Hema) under the supervision of UP Pollution Control Board and District Magistrate concerned,” the bench said in its recent order.

The NGT had earlier directed the UP pollution control board 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 tribunal’s direction came on a plea filed by Mathura-based organisation Shree Mathur Chaturved Parishad seeking a stay on the two-day event on the grounds that construction on the riverbed was being carried out in contravention to the Ministry of Water Resources 2016 notification.

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. PTI PKS PKS RT RT

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