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Clean Ganga Mission: NGT seeks expenditure details of Rs 20k cr from NMCG, issues notice to Jharkhand, Bihar and WB govts

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday sought expenditure details of the Rs 20,000 crore budget granted to National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for cleaning and protection of Ganga. NMCG is the implementing wing

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: July 26, 2016 19:14 IST ]
Union Cabinet has approved a Rs 20,000 crore budget for the
Union Cabinet has approved a Rs 20,000 crore budget for the 'Namami Gange'

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday sought expenditure details of the Rs 20,000 crore budget granted to National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for cleaning and protection of Ganga. 

NMCG is the implementing wing for rejuvenation of the holy river and comes under the ambit of Ministry of Water Resources. 

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also issued notice to the Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal governments to explain how they propose to deal with the pollution caused in the river flowing through their jurisdiction and submit an action plan in this regard. 

"NMCG should clear its stand on Rs 20,000 crore granted to it and state how much it has disbursed to various authorities in relation to the cleaning of Ganga. The requisite details should be filed within ten days from today," the NGT said while posting the matter for hearing on August 18. 

The NGT also asked industries like tannery paper and pulp, textile, slaughter houses and others to clear their stand on installation of online monitoring systems and what steps they have taken till now to control pollution resulting from their activities. 

The tribunal expressed displeasure over the fact that its judgement with regard to Segment B of Phase-I (Haridwar to Kanpur) has been pending since long and asked the authorities concerned to file their suggestion expeditiously. 

The Union Cabinet had last year approved a Rs 20,000 crore budget for the 'Namami Gange' Programme last year, a four-fold increase over the money spent in the last three decades for the river's conservation. 

The programme is be implemented by NMCG and its state counterpart organisations, that is, the State Programme Management Groups (SPMGs). 

The green panel has divided the work of cleaning the river into different segments -- Gomukh to Haridwar, Haridwar to Kanpur, Kanpur to border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to Bay of Bengal. 

On December 11 last year, the tribunal had imposed a complete ban on use of plastic of any kind from Gomukh to Haridwar along the river from February 1 and decided to slap a penalty of Rs 5,000 per day on erring hotels, dharamsalas and ashrams spewing waste into the river.

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