Tell us one place where Ganga is clean: NGT asks Centre

The green panel, which was asked to act against industrial units polluting Ganga by the Supreme Court, said the Centre and the states over the years have only been shifting responsibility and nothing concrete was visible on the ground.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2015 8:59 pm

The National Green Tribunal on Friday asked the government to “tell us one place” where the Ganga is clean and said that despite spending huge sums, the situation has gone from bad to worse.

Expressing open displeasure over the government’s lackadaisical approach towards ensuring cleanliness and uninterrupted flow of the Ganga, it said “we take it that almost nothing has happened in reality.”

The green panel, which was asked to act against industrial units polluting Ganga by the Supreme Court, said the Centre and the states over the years have only been shifting responsibility and nothing concrete was visible on the ground.

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“Would you please tell us that is it correct that more than Rs 5,000 crore has been spent on Ganga in making it worse from bad. We don’t want to know whether you have allotted this quantum of money to the states or have spent it yourself.

“Out of the 2,500 km stretch of the river Ganga, tell us one place, where the condition of the river has improved,” a
bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked.

The counsel appearing for Ministry of Water Resources told the bench that almost Rs 4,000 crore has been spent on
the rejuvenation of the river since 1985 till last year.

He said that Ganga Action Plan (GAP) Phase-I was launched as a centrally-funded scheme in 1985 and later GAP Phase-II was initiated in 1993 to improve the river’s water quality. In 2009, ‘National Ganga River Basin Authority’ (NGRBA) was setup for pollution control in the Ganga.

NGRBA, a World Bank-funded scheme, was aimed at effective abatement of pollution and conservation of Ganga and 70 per cent of the total project cost was contributed by the Centre and the remaining expenses were borne by the states, he said.

To this, the bench said, “better be careful of what you say. We take it as almost nothing has happened in reality. It
is not suddenly that we are asking for all the information from you.

“We have been waiting for the last one year. But for one reason or the other, you have been delaying the issue. We
don’t want to comment on that. But this time we are not leaving it to your discretion, be rest assured. To clean Ganga
is your prime responsibility. Days are very short for you,” the bench said.

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  1. B
    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:50 pm
    This is a perpetual scam by each and every govt since last few decades. These morons do not understand Ganga or any river can NEVER be clean unless India as a w and Indians as a race become clean first. But that's a different story. Currently it's about money and rehroric (and vote, Hindu sentiment discourse).
    1. I
      Oct 10, 2015 at 1:56 am
      Why our river across the country are so much dirty?Why our cows awe so weak and dirty?why our temples are so dirty?Will we like to blame Congress/BjP.?We have not progress a inch on any aspect.we all are hypocrite .Since years we talk about our past glory.Now we wants to create new leaders and to project them as if they have done everything for country.we are fooling our self.First make everybody responsible and punish them if they are doing harm to country.For examole the offices of our Ministres are the dirtiest and look thei toilets .
      1. K
        Oct 10, 2015 at 2:23 am
        Only a clean government can clean-up the river. The 4000 Crores spent earlier has been siphoned off to the Swiss banks and foreign real estate by the Italian. Indians collectively do not care about any river, so the Ganga gets the same interest that any other local river gets. People who bathe in the Ganga also defecate on its banks without thinking twice. India should first make it a priority to build toilets around all temples, churches, Mosques etc, then cleanliness should be enforced with an iron fist.
        1. coolguy hero
          Oct 9, 2015 at 9:35 pm
          why never they ask congress who ate crores of rupees under the name of clean ganga.
          1. D
            Dinesh Singh
            Oct 10, 2015 at 5:25 am
            Holy Ganga. What an indictment of Corruption vy BJP and Modi's govt. 5000 crores spent and they cant show one place where they have cleaned the ghats and removed pollution. This is a huge scam. Modi should resign.
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