Written by Staff Writer
21 Jan, 2016 | 8:32 am
India’s environment watchdog has criticised the government for failing to clean up the Ganges river. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) said it was “unfortunate” that both the federal and Uttar Pradesh governments had failed to clean the river.
A petitioner told the NGT on Monday that dead bodies were still being dumped in the heavily-polluted river. The Ganges is considered holy and supports a third of the country’s population living on its floodplains.
“It is really unfortunate that the Ganges continues to be polluted. Why don’t you [the state and federal governments] do something? You raise slogans [about cleaning the river], but do exactly opposite of that,” the NGT said.
The watchdog was hearing a petition filed by environmental activist Gaurav Bansal.
Mr Bansal told BBC Hindi that people still dump dead bodies in the Ganges from the northern city of Varanasi and the government hasn’t been able to stop the practice.
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“Millions have been spent to clean the river, but nothing has changed. All governments of the past and the current one are responsible for the situation,” Mr Bansal said.
Environmentalists say unchecked industrial waste and sewage heavily pollute the river. And the Hindu practice of using the river for cremation also causes pollution.
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