Down the Ganga Part 5: Salempur in Bihar is a dusty spot on the map with 543 residents. Gahmar is dotted with concrete houses, while Salempur is a cramped collection of mud homes.
“No one can separate me from Ganga. Ganga is still with me… If I had failed how could Gadkari get this portfolio because I had worked in close coordination and close consultations with him (Gadkari) on Namami Gange project”, said Uma Bharti.
Among Gadkari’s tasks will be taking forward a move to enact a Ganga law, on which there has been little movement after a committee headed by Justice (retired) Giridhar Malviya submitted its report last May
The NGT (National Green Tribunal) also appointed a supervisory committee, headed by the secretary of the Water Resources Ministry and comprising IIT professors and officials from Uttar Pradesh government to oversee implementation of its directions.
In a special leave petition before the Supreme Court, the Uttarakhand government has said that “the High Court has erred in not considering that the Ganga and Yamuna are inter-state rivers”.
“The framework of this plan has been drawn. The Uttar Pradesh government is making efforts to shift the tanneries located in Kanpur to other places,” said Bharti.
Kumar reiterated that the severity of the silting condition cannot be acknowledged without visiting its stretch in Bihar.
Could accommodate 250 people, manage to withstand high tides.
The court order came on a PIL filed by Haridwar resident Mohammad Salim, regarding the high levels of pollution and encroachment in the river and its tributaries.
River Ganga gets a court notice: This is the first time a river has been issued notice by a court.
She said the return of river dolphins, turtles and gold fish in the Ganga aqua life system would be the biggest benchmark to prove that the river has rejuvenated.
NGT had on January 15 directed Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand government to identify seriously polluting industries located on the banks of Ganga and apprise it about “quantity and quality” of discharge in the river.
Parliament’s nod to convert 111 rivers across the country into waterways is a “revolutionary step” and paves the way for utilisation of 35,000 km of waterways in the country for sustainable development.
Two days after Uma flagged objections, the Environment Ministry filed the affidavit in the Supreme Court.
The government’s Namami Gange programme seeks to tackle the problem at several levels at the same time.