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Uma Bharati reaches out to NGT over Mission Ganga

​​The move comes at a time when the NGT has been making strong observations against the government, pulling up agencies.

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Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017, 12.10 AM IST|Original: Apr 25, 2017, 12.10 AM IST
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An effort was made to convey there is considerable work going on in the project contrary to what NGT observations seem to imply.
NEW DELHI: With the National Green Tribunal slamming the Centre every few days over the poor progress on Ganga clean-up, the Uma Bharati led National Mission on Clean Ganga (NMCG) is learnt to be making a direct outreach to the Tribunal to ‘sensitise’ it to the Ganga mission, its timelines and the constraints holding it back.

The move comes at a time when the NGT has been making strong observations against the government, pulling up agencies and even declaring that “not a single drop of the Ganga has been cleaned so far” even as public money is being wasted.

The NMCG, sources confirmed to ET, recently held a meeting with the NGT in which NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar was also learnt to be present.

A special presentation was also made to the NGT explaining all the elements of Namami Gange project, its phase wise implementation plan, and the various timelines.

An effort was made to convey there is considerable work going on in the project contrary to what NGT observations seem to imply. There is also scrutiny from the PMO which is holding weekly reviews on various milestones. At such a time, the scathing NGT observations are only adding to the negative perception that the NMCG is trying hard to shake off.

“It is felt at times that the NGT may be going beyond its mandate or making very harsh observations. We held a meeting with the NGT only days ago to sensitise them on the project . To also explain how many projects are in progress -- so the impression that there is nothing being done is not really correct. We do, however, believe that the NGT also shares our aim — to clean the Ganga — and we understand then that when states fail to turn up for hearings, the NGT is understandably upset,” an official told ET.

Sample this: On February 7, an NGT bench observed that “not a single drop of the Ganga has been cleaned so far”, failing to execute the PM’s ambitious project and were constantly passing the buck.

Less than a month later, an NGT bench headed by Chairperson Swatanter Kumar fined officers of the Union Water Resources ministry and the UP Jal Nigam for providing incorrect information and ordered a CBI inquiry against the latter. Queries sent to NMCG by ET on the issue did not elicit a response till the time of going to press.
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