In a major triumph for green
activists, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has banned all non-forest
activities in Manda Khal and Gadoli Khal forest regions in Pauri. The sites
were being used for dumping municipal waste and debris by stone-crushers. On a
petition against the Uttarakhand government, NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter
Kumar ordered permanent closure of the hot mix plants and activities by the
stone-crushers operating in the forest area with immediate effect.