NEW DELHI: “Not a single drop of river Ganga has been cleaned so far,” the National Green Tribunal today observed, rapping the Government agencies for “only wasting public money” in the name of the cleaning project.
The tribunal asked the Government agencies about how they were executing the Prime Minister’s ambitious ‘Namami Gange project’ and said it does not want the “drama” regarding complaints between the Centre and Uttar Pradesh to go on.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the agencies to work together on the project to clean the river, saying, “The Prime Minister has given you a goal, take it as a national project”.
“It is the fault of CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and other Government agencies who are not doing their job properly. Had you (authorities) done your job properly, you were not standing here (before the court)… You have done nothing. It is waste of public money all you are doing… Everyone says they are doing a lot to clean Ganga but not a single drop of the river has been cleaned,” the bench said.
“We don’t need this drama to go on regarding complaints between Centre and the state (Uttar Pradesh). Tell us how you are going to execute Namami Gange project? The Prime Minister has given you a goal, take it as a national project,” the green panel said. (AGENCIES)