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Environmentalist M.C. Mehta demands CBI enquiry into money spent for cleaning Ganga

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Noted environmentalist and petitioner in Ganga Pollution matter M.C. Mehta on Thursday demanded a (CBI) probe into the money spent in the name of cleaning Ganga.

"It is a landmark judgement. If all the directions are complied then it will be very good. It will make a change in the quality of river Ganga. This judgement will guide the following way. Several thousands of rupees have gone wasted and for that I feel that there should be an enquiry held by of A enquiry should take place," Mehta told ANI.

Even in its order, the NGT also observed that more than Rs. 7,000 crore has been spent, but all has gone in vain.

In its latest move to protect the Ganga, the country's top green has banned the dumping of any kind of waste within 500 metres of the river's edge; anyone caught littering the river will be charged Rs. 50,000.

It has also instructed the of to move polluting tanneries and to set up guidelines - along with the hill state of Uttarakhand - for religious activities held on the ghats of the river and its tributaries.

The body also will form a supervisory committee to oversee implementation of directions passed in its 543-page judgement and submit the report to it.

In February, the tribunal had criticised the agencies of wasting public money in the name of cleaning the river.

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 15:57 IST