HC slams UP govt over Ganga pollution
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 00:09
Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court today reprimanded Uttar Pradesh government for failing to check rising pollution level in the river Ganga and said the state government's responsibility in such matters was "direct and not indirect".

The remarks were made by a Division Bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhusan and Justice Arun Tandon while hearing a Public Interest Litigation which drew the court's attention to rising pollution level and falling water level in the Ganga which has been declared as a "national river" by the Prime Minister.

The court expressed strong displeasure over the fact that "the state river conservation authority was trying to shift its burden towards National Ganga Basin Authority without trying to understand that it is the state's responsibility to make all efforts, like installing sewage treatment plants, for keeping the river clean".

"There should be a positive action on the part of the state to sanction and execute the projects, including sewage treatment plants", the court said and directed the Advocate General to inform it about the steps taken in this regard on the next date of hearing.


First Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 00:09

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