HC slams UP govt over Ganga pollution

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.

PTI



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

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