Clean Ganga plan under SC scrutiny

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Sep 4 2014, 07:39am hrs
The Narendra Modi government's ambitious poll promise to clean up the Ganga came under severe scrutiny on Wednesday in the Supreme Court, which said it seems that steps taken so far will not lead to cleaning up of the holiest river even after 200 years.

SC directed the Centre to come out within three weeks with a "stage-wise plan" to clean the river for "restoring it to its pristine glory".

"After seeing your action plan, it seems the Ganga will not be cleaned even after 200 years. Evaluate the dream project. You have to take steps to restore the Ganga to its pristine glory. The dream project is there. Please try that the next generation is able to see the river in its original form. We don't know whether we will see it or not," a Bench comprising justices TS Thakur and R Banumathi observed.

It said the "bureaucratic" approach in the action plan would not help in accomplishing Prime Minister's dream project of cleaning the Ganga and asked the government to come out with "power point presentation" instead of giving vision plan and "artistic view".

The Bench said it was not concerned about the financial assistance coming from other countries but was worried how the common people be explained about the proposal for proceeding with project of cleaning the 2,500-km long river stretch. "We don't want to get into the nitty-gritty of committees. But common man expects to know how the cleaning-Ganga process will emerge. They should at least know how the government is proceeding.