SC notice to Centre over PIL on failure to protect Ganga

A Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre,National Ganga River Basin Authority

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 25, 2013 12:25 am

A Supreme Court Bench led by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre,National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) and others on a PIL that contended that the authorities have failed to enforce laws to protect the Ganga and provide ecological flow for the river. The NGRBA is headed by the Prime Minister.

The plea,filed by environmental engineer-turned-sanyasi,Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand,states that in the last four years,only three meetings of the NGRBA have been held. The authority was set up in 2009 and the Centre declared the Ganga a national river in 2008.

“The Prime Minister,who is chairman of the authority,has no time to see its day-to-day affairs,resulting into frustrating the objectives of protection and conservation of the river,” read the PIL.

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