Pollution levels in the
continue to rise but certain court rulings are helping in checking pollution in the River. A series of decisions by courts have stopped giant construction projects near Ganga and also made it mandatory for cities on the banks of Ganga River Ganga to have waste treatment plants.
National Geographic News reports
Three sacred rivers – Ganga, Saraswati and Yamuna meet at
In the dry season the
Gangeslimps into town, dark with sewage and industrial waste. Pollution is heavy even at the height of the monsoon. The Yamuna arrives burdened by raw sewage from , some 1,900 million untreated liters (502 million gallons) each day. New Delhi
Past rescue efforts have failed due to fatal gaps in planning, implementation, and administration, said professor B.D. Tripathi, of the Center for Environmental Science & Technology at
. Benares Hindu University
Important changes are happening on the ground, thanks partly to rulings by the Allahabad High Court that:
- Squashed both a planned eight-lane, 650-mile(1,050-kilometer) expressway and giant housing projects destined for its floodplain.
- Forced construction of more than a dozen waste treatment plants in
Kanpur, Allahabad, and . Varanasi
- Stopped the excessive diversion of
Gangeswater to upstream irrigation projects and cities.
- Last month ordered the closure of tanneries in
These orders, if properly carried out, will change decades-old practices, costing developers and factory owners many millions of dollars. They could also harm the bureaucrats and politicians who often feed off public works projects and big industrial polluters.
Court orders are one thing. Implementation is another, cautions Rakesh Jaiswal, of the Kanpur-based NGO EcoFriends. "The court has directed the government not to release untreated sewage and industrial effluent into Ganga [theYou may also like to read
Ganges] on several occasions," he said, "but it's still happening."