NGT shifts focus on Phase-II of Ganga rejuvenation
After passing a slew of measures to rejuvenate the Ganga between Haridwar and Unnao, the National Green Tribunal has now shifted focus to clean the next stretch of the river passing through Allahabad and Varanasi.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar has convened a meeting of all stakeholders involved in cleaning of the river from Unnao in Uttar Pradesh to the state's border with Bihar to chalk out an action plan for cleaning the Ganga.
"The judgement in relation to segment-B of Phase-I from Haridwar to Unnao has been pronounced. Let the directions be complied with without any default. Now, we are concerned with Phase-II from Unnao to the border of UP (with Bihar).
"Since the border of UP is common with Bihar, we direct to hold a chamber meeting for drawing of the action plan, opinion and the views of the stakeholders, on July 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM," the bench said.
The green panel noted that the Supreme Court has also transferred the cleaning of the rivers Ganga and Yamuna to the tribunal. It directed the additional secretaries of the central ministries of environment, water resources, urban development, the executive director of the National Mission for Clean Ganga and the chief secretaries of UP, Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar to be present in the meeting besides the chairman and member secretaries of all these state pollution control boards.