If cigarette packs can have health warning, why not Ganga? asks Green tribunal
The green panel said that innocent people drank and bathed in the river with reverence, without knowing that it may adversely affect their health.india Updated: Jul 28, 2018 09:58 IST
“If cigarette packets can carry injurious to health warning, why not river Ganga.?” the National Green Tribunal said on Friday while expressing displeasure over the quality of water in the river.
The Tribunal said the water of the Ganga river, between Haridwar and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, was unfit for drinking and bathing, and expressed anguish over the situation.
The green panel also directed National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to install display boards at a gap of 100 kilometres, indicating whether the water was fit for bathing or drinking.
It also directed the NMCG and the Central Pollution Control Board to place on their website, within two weeks, a prominent map showing safe spots for bathing and drinking.
The green panel said that innocent people drank and bathed in the river with reverence, without knowing that it may adversely affect their health.
The bench, headed by NGT chairperson A K Goel, said “we are of the view that on account of great reverence to great Ganga, innocent persons may drink and bathe without knowing that the water is unfit for consumption. It is of utmost necessity to comply with the right to live of persons using Ganga water and they are put to notice about the fitness of water.” (with agency inputs)