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NGT summons Uttarakhand Chief Secretary over Ganga cleaning

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Unsatisfied over the explanation given by over cleaning the river Ganga, the National Green (NGT) on Wednesday summoned the state's

It also said that that there is no clarity as how much funds shall be dedicated to clean the Ganga's tributaries under the (NMCG).

Rapping the officials involved, the also asked for the minutes of the meeting of the

"What was the resolution of the meeting... we want the minutes, like a proper meeting has, unlike a 'chai-pakoda' meeting," it said.

The has asked the to be present before it on April 3 to explain the steps take so far for cleaning the from Gomukh to Haridwar under Phase-I.

The bench, headed by Justice Jawad Rahim, found the compliance report filed by the state as "factually incorrect", and then asked for the official concerned, who was not present in the court.

"Since we notice absence of responsible officers, we direct the of to be personally present here with first hand information that the expects," Justice Rahim said.

"There is no clarity over the funding by NMCG to prevent the pollution in the tributaries of the Ganga... No clarity which source of funding would attend to the pollution load in tributaries," the bench observed.

Meanwhile, the government had withdraw its two affidavits filed on February 28 and March 5, 2018. The affidavits claimed to have adhered to the direction given by the Tribunal's December 2015 direction.

The green court had directed the government to to re-examine the issue of pollution in the river and come up with a proper statement over the compliance with the NGT's December 10, 2015 directions on rejuvenation of the river.

M.C. Mehta, who has filed a plea for cleaning of Ganga, had pointed out that deficiencies in the compliance report.

The had, in December 2015, passed a slew of directions which includes declaring an area of 100 metres on the river's banks as 'no development zone' and prohibiting dumping of waste in a stretch of 500 metres.

It also said that all tributaries of the river must be cleaned and flow of sewage into them must be stopped immediately.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 20:20 IST