Will Ganga be cleaned in this century or not? SC asks Centre

Apart from a report the Ganga Action Plan, the court also wants a presentation on how govt intends to clean the river.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 4, 2014 4:13 am
ganga-480 Condition of river Ganga as seen in Varanasi.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked Centre to furnish its stage-wise plan on cleaning of river Ganga, the ‘dream project’ of Narendra Modi govt.

According to reports, the court demanded a report on the Ganga Action Plan as well. The court also demanded a Power Point presentation on how government intends to clean the river.

“Will Ganga be cleaned in this century or not?” the court asked, asking the Centre to file another affidavit in three weeks.The apex court said that we want our future to see Ganga flow and demanded concrete action plan.

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Earlier, reminding the Modi government that cleaning of Ganga was on its poll manifesto, a bench headed by Justice T S Thakur had said the issue of cleaning Ganga was very important and it had to be put on the front burner. The court asked why urgent steps were not being taken on it and set a two-week timeline for it to come up with a road map for making the 2500 km long river pollution free.

The issue of cleaning up of river Ganga has been monitored by the apex court and several applications have been filed.

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The unchecked pollution of river Ganga has evoked sharp criticism by the apex court which has been hearing the case since 1985.

The 2,500 km stretch of the river passes through 29 major cities, 23 small cities and 48 towns.

The ambitious ‘Ganga Action Plan’ to clean the river was launched by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1985.

SC seeks govt’s stage-wise plan on Ganga rejuvenation

Disapproving of a “bureaucratic” approach towards cleaning Ganga, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the NDA government to take concrete steps to ensure its “dream project” lifts off and called for a realistic stage-by-stage timeline for effective monitoring.

A Bench of Justices T S Thakur and R Banumathi told the government that it would prefer a PowerPoint presentation on how the authorities propose to rejuvenate the river so that the future generations can see the river flow.

“After seeing your action plan, it seems Ganga will not be cleaned even after 200 years. It is your dream project, so you should evaluate it on realistic grounds. Please try that the next generation is able to see the river in its original form. We don’t know whether we will see it or not,” the Bench said.

As Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar began reading out from the government’s affidavit, the court said: “Don’t give us a vision plan… an artist’s view. Going by all this, we wonder if Ganga can be cleaned in this century. The kind of affidavit that the government has submitted, it will take 200 more years to clean the river. It is a bureaucratic document. We want to understand your proposal on cleaning the river in layman’s language.” The 29-page affidavit was filed by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

It added: “Can you indicate the stages through which this plan has to move and the time involved in each stage? We want to be enlightened by someone who has a comprehensive view of how Ganga would be made pollution free, nitty-gritty of the plan, and how the milestones can be achieved.”

The bench specifically asked the government about the steps taken in ecologically sensitive areas from Gangotri to downstream 135 km as “no follow up steps have been taken up” after the 2003 notification.

It said the court was not concerned about how and from which countries Indian government sought to arrange funds but about how the river is cleaned, after escaping the red tape.

The Bench also assured the government it would not hesitate in assisting the authorities by issuing appropriate legal processes for public bodies as well as industrial units if they were not complying with the regulations.

The Bench, while posting the case for hearing on September 24, asked the Solicitor General to file a supplementary affidavit detailing the steps likely to be taken by the government in a stage-wise manner.

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    Indian
    Sep 3, 2014 at 10:13 am
    Honorable Supreme court can you please tell whether the victims of 2G Scam , Coal Scam and Chara Scam will be punished in this century or not ?
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      IndianWellWisher
      Sep 3, 2014 at 6:10 pm
      People have to realize how they are poisoning themselves and others. To change the behavior of billion , the only way is to prevent access to the river and then start the clean up. Govt alone can never do this. Re-education of public is essential.
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        akhilesh
        Sep 3, 2014 at 11:31 pm
        Yes All these guys in Administration, Judiciary in fact all forms of government with the honourable exception of present government, always have a negative approach. If somebody wants to do something positive they will discourage them, use delay tactics which will kill all new ideas. This is essentially why India has missed the economic bus enumerable times.
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          Subhash Bennur
          Sep 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm
          SC acts many times dumb headed and this is one which should go into the Guinness book of world records. A river which has been under siege for many centuries, one of the major rivers of the worldbeing poluuted 24x7, A river by the side of which at least 50 cr people live cannot be be cleaned even in a century. It is the investment, HR, Technology and above all the will of the people living on ganga which will be the engine of ganga cleaning. SC instead of being sarcastic, can be empathetic.
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            S.Gonesh
            Sep 3, 2014 at 4:09 pm
            It is a shame there is no step taken to stop or reduce the Ganga pollution.If the politics can´t do it, so some one else has to do it. The big problemis; there are much talk about it, but no action is taken. There are a huge unemplo persons in the country; make squad of these people and put themin charge. Besides, no unemployment is needed, if the government make uf these people. Create squads under experience leaderships and put themin charge, only then you will get a clean Ganga and Hindustan.
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              Subroto
              Sep 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm
              SC has realised, with the government's first promised failed (bringing black money back within 100 days after forming the government) that the court has to rescue the country from false promises to come to power., which has been the characteristics of all the government
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                DSFL10
                Sep 3, 2014 at 11:22 am
                It is national disgrace and shame on Indian who are responsible for disgraceful acts.
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                  fareed
                  Sep 4, 2014 at 4:45 am
                  Aur phir Advani & Joshi ji are also free.
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                    fareed
                    Sep 4, 2014 at 4:49 am
                    Ganga ji. Sorry I will come next time. TWEEET . x
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                      fareed
                      Sep 4, 2014 at 4:48 am
                      SC should give them at least 60years.
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                        GOPI
                        Sep 4, 2014 at 8:14 am
                        Subject: Cleaning of the Yamuna..& Ganga river .. " PUSHPANJALIPRAWAHA KALASH "Esteemed Sir,I would like to bring to your kind notice that thepollution of rivers in India is a major cause of concern. Indian water-bodiesget polluted due to various reasons. The chief cause of this pollution is thedumping of garbage which is produced by religious rituals in the form ofgarlands, statue figures of deities, paper, plastic, coconut husks, etc. Thisis also affecting the size of the river.Our NGO Youth Fraternity Foundation (YFF) has beenworking for the cause of cleaning of water-bodies for the last ten years in variousparts of India. In order to reduce the pollution of rivers, YFF has formulateda project ‘Pushpanjali Parwaha Kalash’ which consists of (a) to collectflowers and other worship- material from temples, worship-shops, colonies; and,(b) to dump this material in a specific area from where it is sorted out indifferent piles like paper, flowers, plastic, coconut husks, etc. Thebiodegradable waste is turned into compost and the rest is recycled.With your support and cooperation, we would like tostart two pilot projects in Delhi and Varanasi for cleaning of the rivers. Thiswill also generate income and employment for approx. 80,000 people all overIndia.However, we have no money to implement this plandeed, we are literally operating on a shoe-string budget. Therefore, wehumbly plead to give us funds for this work so that we can prove ourworth. We have solution.Kindly give us an opportunity.Yours faithfully, Gopi Dutt President :. YFFINDIA Mob. 98185-92979 – DELHIShri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
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                          Govinda
                          Sep 3, 2014 at 12:13 pm
                          Narendra modi's government doesn't have midas touch and this cannot done without our partition. SC should not ask this type of questions to a 100 days old government. Where was the SC since 1985 when "Ganga Action Plan " was launched by Rajiv hi?
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                            Sacha Bol
                            Sep 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm
                            Ganga is more polluted due unchecked sewerage/industrial pollution and tanneries than washing buffaloes/throwing ashes and organizing Kumbh once in few years.Last but not the non degradable products like plastics,,ban and enforcement are job of local munil bodies rather of PM of a country.Air gets more polluted due to day and night smoke belching vehicles than once a year celebration of diwali.Therefore try your sermon and bigotry somewhere else.
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                              Raveendra Reddy
                              Sep 4, 2014 at 5:53 am
                              SC should clean up the pollution in Judiciary first, before jumping the guns. In spite of the fact that cleaning Ganga is on the high priority lists of Modi's government, it is unfortunate that SC is interfering in a unholy manner. After all, SC judges are experts or super-humans to judge every aspect of activities.
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                                Victor ray
                                Sep 4, 2014 at 3:17 am
                                Why wasn't the same question asked to UPA government who was ruling this country for last 60 years and have been destroying ganga river for over many years and then promised to wash the same river that got polluted during it's regime and yet hasn't been able to fulfill that promise?
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                                  jayplanes
                                  Sep 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm
                                  Neither Ganga nor any part of India can be cleaned in a 1000 years. It has to do with potion dynamics. When a land or river gets overwhelmed by the potion on or around it, it just deterioratesdia's potion when a clean Ganga and India existed was about 20% of the the current potion. At that time India also had a high GDP per person.
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                                    Jay Jolly
                                    Sep 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm
                                    It is time that Mr.Modi looked at the performance of his ministers. Who is the most charge sheeted in his cabinet? Who spends most of her time meeting Sadhus away from her office? Should not the directives to clean up Ganges come from you and not the SC? The minister in charge has no definite plans to clean up the Ganges. The Minister must provide the country a stage by stage and time bound plan. The people must be involved in it. What a shame when the SC has to interfere and tell the Government what to do. There is more hype than substance in the present government as well.
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                                      Gangu true
                                      Sep 3, 2014 at 2:31 pm
                                      If every munility sets up a effluent treatment unit. If it is declared illegal to wash away dead in ganga, to throw ashes and bones in Ganga, to do Ganga arti, to throw plastic and floral offerings in Ganga; to wash vehicles and buffaloes in Ganga, when kumbh mela is stopped by law and so on. Are we ready for these changes? If not that SC should shut its mouth.
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                                        joseph
                                        Sep 3, 2014 at 10:23 am
                                        “Will Ganga be cleaned in this century or not?”Why are you asking this to a 100 days old govt."Earlier, reminding the Modi government that cleaning of Ganga was on its poll manifesto, a bench headed by Justice T S Thakur said the issue of cleaning Ganga is very important and it has to be put on the front burner. on August 13 asked why urgent steps are not being taken on it and set a two-week timeline for it to come up with a road map for making the 2500 km long river pollution free."It feels like SC is crossing its line. Correct me if i am wrong but SC cannot run the country, its the democratically elected govt's job. Also where its written that govt. has to show its plan of how it will implement its policies/manifesto to SC ? Since when govt. start reporting its each and every move to SC ? Its seems like SC is taking revenge for removing their bonhomie system of selecting their friends for the post of judges.Modi govt. has to make up with SC or if SC keeps interfering this way how the work is gonna be done ?
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                                          Rajan
                                          Sep 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm
                                          Mr. Justice, how many decades are you and your colleagues going to take to clear all the pending cases. I have been waiting for the last 25 years for our case to be given a verdict. How many more are there like us. Let the Government do its work. Oh by the way why did you not ask this question before May 16th 2014. Were you afraid of the congress mafia?Jai hind.
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                                            kris kumar
                                            Sep 3, 2014 at 9:04 pm
                                            How come all of a sudden SC decided to jump into the cleaning of Ganga. If it was not for Modi SC would have never put their noses in. Was SC asleep all those years of corrupt congress rule? It is Time SC cleared the mess and back log of cases instead of asking the centre for the time frame of cleaning ganga and no body can even guide lines. It is going to take many many years of cleaning it and SC just get on with their own job of clearing pending cases. Has SC got nothing else to do except interfering in elected government. The people will decide the future of BJP government and not SC.
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