NGT to hear PIL on cleaning of Ganga from February 6

The National Green Tribunal has decided to hear a PIL filed in 1985 on the cleaning of river Ganga, which was transferred from the Supreme Court, on a day-to-day basis from February 6.

The apex court had on Wednesday transferred the PIL filed by advocate M. C. Mehta to NGT, which has been hearing the matter with regard to issues relating to municipal solid waste and industrial waste since 2014.

The top court has asked the green panel to submit an interim report to it every six months to give an idea about the progress made and difficulties, if any.

Interception of drains

A Bench headed by NGT Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar directed senior officials concerned to be present before it on the next date of hearing. It also asked various stakeholders involved in Ganga rejuvenation to consider interception of drains which are polluting the river.

“We are informed that the Supreme Court has transferred the matter concerning discharge of domestic sewage and other sources of pollution in Ganga to NGT. The tribunal will commence hearing on this aspect on a day-to-day basis from February 6,” the Bench said.