NGT anguished over Ganga's condition; says water unfit for use
The National Green Tribunal today said the water of the Ganga river, between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, was unfit for drinking and bathing and expressed anguish over the situation of the river. The green panel said that innocent people drank and bathed in the river with reverence, without knowing that it may adversely affect their health.
NGT demands putting notice about fitness of water
"If cigarette packets can contain a warning saying it is 'injurious to health', why not the people be informed of the adverse effects (of the river water)," the NGT said. The bench, headed by NGT chairperson AK Goel, said, "It is of utmost necessity for persons using Ganga water that they are put to notice about the fitness of water."
NGT gives directions to NMGC and Pollution Control Board
The green panel also directed National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to install display boards at a gap of 100km, indicating whether the water was fit for bathing or drinking. It directed the NMCG and the Central Pollution Control Board to place on their website, within two weeks, a prominent map showing where the water was good for bathing and drinking.