The Centre has been asked by the Supreme Court to make a PowerPoint presentation within three weeks on a “stage-wise plan” to clean up Ganga. The apex court also made a critique remark that the Centre’s action plan may not help clean the river Ganga “even after 200 years”.
The Supreme Court stated today, “After seeing your action plan, it seems Ganga will not be cleaned even after 200 years. You should take steps so that Ganga gets its pristine glory and future generations can see it. We don’t know whether we will see it or not”.
“We don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty of committees. But we want to know how a common man would expect the cleaning Ganga process to emerge. It is better if you can show us a PowerPoint presentation. Also fix milestones so that we can assess the progress,” the court added.
The Narendra Modi government on Tuesday had said in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court that the Centre is committed to cleaning the river; it was an election promise and has recently been deemed national priority. It said that a group of IIT professionals have been to finalise a plan by the end of this year.