Green court asks UP govt to take action against units polluting Ganga

NewsGreen court asks UP govt to take action against units polluting Ganga



Lucknow: The present government spends as much money as the Congress administration did when it was in power to clean up the Ganga, sources said on Saturday. All the money has gone astray as the river remains as dirty as it was during the Congress rule, sources said. The successive governments have hardly followed the instructions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to remove dirt from the river.

The water bodies remain polluted because of industrial waste and the sewage water released from various human settlements lying on their banks. Most of the times the NGT instructions were not implemented, sources said. Consequently, NGT has recently directed the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh to deal with the industries that discharge untreated sewage in the Bhella river which mingles with the Ganga. An NGT bench headed by Adarsh Kumar Goel also asked the UP government to stop the release of sewage water into the water body which meets the Koshi river in Rampur.

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The Koshi river, a tributary of the Ramganga, falls into the Ganga. The bench, hearing a plea on the execution of a tribunal order issued last year, said that release of sewage into the Bhella river should be stopped, as it falls into the Ganga. There is a faecal coliform and other waste in the river, besides it is not meeting the bathing criteria, the tribunal said, adding that the water quality has deteriorated.

The court said, “Imbalance, as is being caused today, needs to be remedied to prevent threatening reduction of flow in the rivers. This may be done by a joint Committees in the states of UP and Uttarakhand, headed by the additional chief secretary, agriculture with nominees of departments of soil conservation, forest, water resources and Panchayati Raj and rural development.”

As the tributaries concerned mingle with the Ganga, steps should be taken to clean up the Ramganga and the East Kali river carrying sewage water and the waste of the agro-based industries, the tribunal said. The tribunal made it clear that the discharge of untreated waste should be stopped and the chief secretary of UP should take remedial action. The order was issued on May 12.

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According to the court, there are three issues: preventing pollution, checking illegal extraction of ground water and recovering compensation from the industries for violating past instructions. The green court had found that the industries in Moradabad released untreated waste into Bhella. Radico Khaitan Limited was one of the major pollutants, sources said.

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