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Namami Gange’: Where Do We Stand?

Namami Gange’: Where Do We Stand?

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Voicing dissatisfaction over the steps taken by the Uttarakhand government to clean the Ganga, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) - the situation was extraordinarily bad and hardly anything effective has been done to clean the river.

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A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice A K Goel said despite claims by authorities, the work done on the ground for Ganga rejuvenation was not adequate and regular monitoring was required to improve the situation.
The green panel ordered a survey to seek views of the common people about what they feel on ground about the pollution in the Ganga and said the feedback could be given through e-mail to authorities concerned.
 
The tribunal noted that nine status reports have been filed before it in the last two years, but the results were hardly visible on the ground. 

It also directed the Ganga committee in each district, which is headed by the district magistrate, to furnish report to the executive committee, formed by the NGT, about the steps taken regarding implementation of directions once every fortnight. 

During the hearing, the Uttarakhand government told the NGT that it has issued directions for banning use of plastic, sewage waste disposal, construction of public toilets, demarcation of the flood plains and prohibition on mechanised mining of the river bed.

He alleged that there was a lot of water pollution and lot needs to be done for municipal and industrial waste management.

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG):


The NGT had earlier rapped the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for not filing a compliance report on the steps taken by the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments to clean the river in the stretch between Gomukh and Unnao.

The green panel, in a detailed judgment, had passed a slew of directions to rejuvenate the Ganga, declaring as 'No Development Zone', an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river, between Haridwar and Unnao. 

It also prohibited dumping of waste within 500 metres of the river.

The tribunal had said the government has spent over Rs 7,000 crore in two years to clean the Ganga, which still remains a "serious environmental issue". 

The NGT had also appointed a supervisory committee, headed by the secretary of the Water Resources Ministry and comprising IIT professors and officials from the Uttar Pradesh government to oversee implementation of its directions.

An implementation committee was also set up to provide details of the Ganga cleaning projects and the manner and methodology in which these should be implemented.

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