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NGT Bans Night Market at Jal Mahal Citing Eco-Sensitive Zone

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has enforced a ban on the night market situated at Jal Mahal. This decision comes after a comprehensive report was presented, highlighting the eco-sensitive nature of Jal Mahal and its potential impact on the surrounding environment.

Initiated in November last year by the Jaipur Heritage Municipal Corporation to boost night tourism, the night market aimed to offer a unique shopping experience twice a week from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. The market featured over 100 temporary stalls within tented domes on the sail of Jalmahal, offering a fusion of traditional and modern Rajasthan, along with diverse culinary delights.

However, the NGT’s ban stems from concerns about the market’s proximity to the Nahargarh Wildlife Sanctuary and its location within an eco-sensitive zone. The market’s operations were found to be polluting the Jalmahal Lake, while generating noise pollution that negatively impacted local wildlife.

The court formed a committee, including the Jaipur Collector, the Principal Conservator of Forests, and a Rajasthan Pollution Control Board representative, to assess the situation. Their report confirmed the market’s presence within the eco-sensitive zone and its detrimental effects on the environment and lake.

As a result, the NGT has imposed a ban on the night market, and further ordered a comprehensive assessment of pollution levels in Jalmahal Lake and groundwater conditions in the area. The decision underscores the importance of environmental preservation while considering developmental initiatives.

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