Despite getting several international offers, rejuvenation of Ganga cannot be modelled on foreign rivers as the river has cultural and religious significance, Water Minister Uma Bharti said on Saturday.
The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday directed the Environment Ministry and Uttarakhand government to ensure that no "illegal and unscientific" sand mining is being carried out in Haridwar district.
Australia Monday assured India that it would extend full technological support for the ambitious project to cleanse the Ganga, saying measures like controlling effluent discharge could be used to clean the river.
The Centre will enact a law for permanent protection of river Ganga from pollution as Prime Minister Narendra Modi today pitched for an "uncompromising mission-mode approach" to stop its further pollution.
Concerned over unabated pollution of River Ganga, the Centre Wednesday directed 118 municipalities, urban local bodies (ULBs) in five states to furnish action plans for reducing pollution or face legal action for non-compliance.
Climate change will have a "considerable" impact on the dynamics of the river Ganga, affecting a major portion of north India which is directly dependent on it for its agriculture and industrial needs, a recent study said.
The Uttar Pradesh government has issued directions to authorities to stop the practise of dumping dead bodies directly into rivers, after 81 bodies were recovered from Ganga in Unnao district of the state early this year, the Lok Sabha was told on Thursday.
A question by a BJP MP in the Lok Sabha about the origins of Ganga and the "effects" of bathing in it left many members amused on Thursday as the minister quoted a legend to say that King Bhagirath had brought it.