Government not showing any urgency in cleaning Ganga: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Modi government over the cleaning of the river Ganga.

Updated: Aug 13, 2014, 18:43 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Modi government over the cleaning of the river Ganga. Taking on the Central government, the apex court said that `Cleaning Ganga` was in the BJP`s election manifesto though the government is not showing any urgency in Ganga protection measures.

The SC also told Centre that the issue of cleaning the Ganga is very important and has to be put on the front burner.

"You are showing no urgency to protect Ganga," an apex court bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said as Solicitor General Mukul Rohatgi appearing for the centre, sought two weeks adjournment on the issue.
The court told the solicitor general: "Are you saving the holy river. When the SG asked for two more weeks because a new ministry had been formed and transfers of officers and other work was still being done, Justice Thakur observed, "You are showing no urgency in this matter. But only in other matters."
Some of the issues that ought to be on backburner are being put on the frontburner, the court said as it sought a status report on the government`s action plan to clean the Ganga alongwith the roadmap on the action to be taken and the steps in that direction by 3rd September.

(With Agency inputs)