Namami Gange has asked the Ganga Pollution Project Director – Allahabad High Court

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The Allahabad High Court, while hearing a public interest litigation filed in the Ganga pollution case, on Wednesday expressed strong displeasure over the working style of Jal Nigam, the UP Pollution Control Board . He commented that when the pollution happening in Ganges is not being investigated and no action is being taken, then why the UP Pollution Control Board has been constituted. The court said why it should not be abolished.

The court directed the managing director of the Namami Gange project in the matter to submit the budget details of billions of rupees spent to make the Ganga clean and tidy. It was also asked why Ganga could not be cleaned till now? The court has instructed the general manager of the project to present the details of the budget spent on this project at the next hearing. The next hearing of the case will be on August 31.

His motu PIL was heard by a division bench of Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal, Justice Manoj Kumar Gupta and Justice Ajit Kumar. During the hearing, the petitioner’s counsel said that the treated water does not flow into the Ganga. Dirt from the leather industry in Kanpur, the sugar industry in Gajraula is being absorbed into the Ganga untreated. Glass, potassium and other radioactive things are polluting the Ganga. The responsibility of operation of STP in UP has been given to an Adani Group company, but due to non-functioning of the plants, Ganga remains unhygienic.

On this, the Project Director of Jal Nigam, present in the court, was asked how the daily monitoring of STP is done? On this, the project manager presented a report. The court expressed its dissatisfaction with this. It said it is a monthly report, where is the daily report? The project manager could not produce it. On seeing the report, the court asked how the monitoring is done, then the director said that it is done online. The court said you keep track by watching videos. On this, Additional Solicitor General Neeraj Kumar Tiwari assured to prepare the report of Day by Day (Diary).

The court said that water treatment claims are throwing dust in the eyes

At the request of the amicus curiae, the court drew attention to the test reports of Kanpur IT and BHU IT. When the court opened the sealed report, he expressed surprise. Some of them did not report because the amount of samples sent for testing was not enough. In some of the sample reports, the report of water treated according to the standard was not found. The court said that this report is a total eyewash. The scrubbers are useless (at all). You have put the responsibility of STP in private hands. They are not working at all.

The court says that when the investigation is to be done the sample is taken by mixing clean water and a good report is prepared. The court said that this work will not work. It is clear from the report that STPs are not working. Dirty water goes directly to the Ganga. The project official said that when sewage goes through STP in large quantity, it will not be able to be treated, it has not been tied up. The court said that when there is no limit, it is meaningless in STP. The court again requested that you have an environmental expert (engineer). How is Jal Nigam working on this issue?

The court said that many towns in UP located on the banks of the Ganges, including Prayagraj, Varanasi, are of religious importance. Thousands of people come to these cities daily along with local people and during Kumbh, Maha Kumbh. How do you deal with them? what is the plan How is the plan made? There was no response from the government counsel and Jal Nigam project director.

He asked the pollution control board, how it is controlled

During the hearing, the court asked the Pollution Control Board what is its role? How do you track? How many complaints have you received in this regard and how many have been acted upon? When the board’s lawyers could not give a proper answer on this, the court said that when you can’t control and take action, then why not close the board? During this, many facts related to STP came before the court.

The court sought information from the Central Pollution Control Board in this regard, but without getting a concrete response, it sought information about the Namami Gange project run by the Jal Shakti Mission under the National Mission for Clean Ganga. He said that billions of rupees would have been spent on cleaning the Ganga through this project, but the Ganga remains as it is. The court directed the Managing Director of the Namami Gange project to submit the details of the budget spent so far on the next date. He asked the Pollution Control Board to submit a full report related to the investigation and action before the court.

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The Allahabad High Court, while hearing a public interest litigation filed in the Ganga pollution case, on Wednesday expressed strong displeasure over the working style of Jal Nigam, the UP Pollution Control Board . He commented that when the pollution happening in Ganges is not being investigated and no action is being taken, then why the UP Pollution Control Board has been constituted. The court said why it should not be abolished.

The court directed the managing director of the Namami Gange project in the matter to submit the budget details of billions of rupees spent to make the Ganga clean and tidy. It was also asked why Ganga could not be cleaned till now? The court has instructed the general manager of the project to present the details of the budget spent on this project at the next hearing. The next hearing of the case will be on August 31.

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