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Cleaning Ganga: Take clear stand on next steps, NGT tells Centre, UP

NGT on December 10 had issued several directions for cleaning up the river from its origin to Hardwar, has now decided to take up the work of cleaning up of the next phase, from Hardwar to Kanpur.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the central government and the Uttar Pradesh government to take a “clear stand” by Tuesday on the next steps to be taken to clean up river Ganga.

The bench headed by NGT Chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar, which had on December 10 issued several directions for cleaning up the river from its origin to Hardwar, has now decided to take up the work of cleaning up of the next phase, from Hardwar to Kanpur.

“This segment contains very high pollution by industrial trade effluents as well as huge quantity of sewage being discharged into the Ganga directly or indirectly mainly untreated and rest of it partially treated,” said the bench.

The bench will hear detailed arguments from the stakeholders on January 11.

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First published on: 05-01-2016 at 03:00 IST
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