New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal on Friday banned cultivation of vegetables along the Yamuna river bed in the national capital.
The Tribunal has put a ban citing reason that vegetables grown along Yamuna river bed contain high level of arsenic and lead and consuming contaminated vegetables can cause cancer.
Previously, NGT had imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on people spotted throwing waste or religious items into the river Yamuna.
In January, 2013, NGT had banned dumping of debris including construction material into Yamuna and had directed the states of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to remove the rubble immediately.
It had also directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) not to grant permission to any industrial unit discharging effluents directly or indirectly into Yamuna.
Taking a stern view on dumping of construction material in national capital, it had also directed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to ensure that all such materials are removed and taken to a designated site.
(With PTI inputs)