People drink Ganga water out of reverence without knowing harmful

NEW DELHI: Innocent citizens drink Ganga water out of reverence without understanding the hazardous contents and the least gotten out of the authorities is to inform the degree of hazardous contents at proper locations consisting of at Ganga Sagar in West Bengal, the National Green Tribunal stated Wednesday.The green panel stated steps are needed to be taken on “war footing” by authorities in avoiding water contamination in Ganga.It said that control of contamination of river Ganga requires to be taken seriously at all levels in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.”In lack thereof, the wanted outcome of renewal of river Ganga which is dream of every Indian will remain unfulfilled,” the NGT said.”Out of respect for the Ganga water, innocent citizens drink the very same without knowing the harmful contents including high level of faecal coliform.”Least gotten out of the authorities, till acceptable results are revealed, is to notify the extent of hazardous contents at appropriate places consisting of at Ganga Sagar to avoid negative health effects,” a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice A K Goel said.The tribunal said that though certain actions have actually been taken, the compliance summary submitted by National Objective for Clean Ganga reveals that with respect to various jobs, the matter is still at the tender/DPRs (Detail Task Reports) phase and development in completing the continuous tasks in a prompt manner stays a difficulty, inspite of schedule of funds, supported by the Federal government of India initiatives.The NGT said control of pollution of river Ganga will be incomplete without controlling pollution of all the tributaries and drains pipes linked to it.The green panal stated the concerned 5 States may take further remedial action on the topic of preventing discharge of without treatment sewage/effluents and compiling the relevant info about amount of sewage being discharged in river Ganga and its tributaries.It directed that progress reports may be provided by the concerned five states to the NMCG on or prior to June 30, 2021 and NMCG may offer its consolidated development report with its suggestions to it by July 15, 2021 by email. It is a pity that even after consistent tracking by the Supreme Court for 34 years (1985-2014) and by this tribunal for the last 6 years and, 46 years after enactment of the Water Act making discharge of pollutants in waterbodies a criminal offence, contaminants continue to be discharged in the most holy river, the tribunal had said.The issue of contamination of river Ganga was transferred to the NGT by the Supreme Court.

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