Ganga panel asks UP, Bihar for report on dumping of bodies

Days after it suggested all District Ganga Committees to handle the difficulty of our bodies being dumped within the river, the Nationwide Mission for Clear Ganga (NMCG) Saturday requested Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to submit a “detailed report” in two days, it’s learnt.

Sources stated this was conveyed by NMCG to senior officers of each states throughout a gathering chaired by Jal Shakti Secretary Pankaj Kumar on Saturday.

Each states had been requested to offer a “detailed report” on the difficulty of dumping of our bodies within the river in addition to its tributaries, a supply stated.

Sources stated that the affect of the floating our bodies on the Ganga’s water high quality was additionally a subject that got here up for dialogue.

“The CPCB has been requested to extend the frequencies of sampling of Ganga water,” stated the supply.

The states have been requested to give attention to essential districts whereas alerting all districts to forestall dumping of the lifeless our bodies in river Ganga, the supply stated.

“Not solely throwing of lifeless our bodies in rivers however burial in sand alongside rivers additionally must be prevented,” the supply stated.

State officers stated they’ve issued orders to forestall such incidents and have stepped up patrolling alongside the ghats on rivers.

“States stated that they’ve issued orders for supporting cremation giving monetary assist,” the supply stated.

The video convention assembly was attended by Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director Normal, NMCG; Rajnish Dubey, Extra Chief Secretary (City Growth), Uttar Pradesh; Anurag Shrivastava, Principal Secretary, Jal Shakti, Uttar Pradesh; Anand Kishore, Principal Secretary (City Growth), Bihar; SK Haldar, Chairman, Central Water Fee; Dr Prashant Gargava, Member Secretary, Central Air pollution Management Board (CPCB); and officers from State Air pollution Management Boards and State Ganga Missions from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

The assembly comes three days after NMCG Director Normal Rajiv Ranjan Mishra wrote to Chief Secretaries of 5 states– Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal– on Might 12, asking them to problem “particular instructions” to the involved district administrations, native our bodies and police authorities.

“I write this to underscore the seriousness of the difficulty and would request you to kindly problem applicable directions to the involved district administrations/native our bodies and police authorities to scrupulously adjust to the NMCG advisory dated 11.05.2021, in addition to take vital motion at your finish handle the difficulty on the earliest,” says the letter.

Earlier this week, Mishra had issued an advisory to all 59 District Ganga Committees and requested them to take “vital motion” to handle the difficulty of floating lifeless our bodies within the river Ganga and submit an “motion taken report” inside 14 days.

“Instantly cease dumping of lifeless our bodies, partially burnt our bodies/ unclaimed or unidentified corpses within the river Ganga and its tributaries,” reads the advisory.

The District Ganga Committees are headed by the respective District Collectors and are tasked to make sure “rejuvenation, safety, restoration and rehabilitation of River Ganga and its tributaries” in every specified district.

Mishra had additionally requested them to make sure that “all unidentified lifeless our bodies/unclaimed corpses of suspected Covid victims ought to be correctly disposed-off in accordance with the Covid-safety protocol of Authorities of India pointers on Covid-19 Lifeless Physique Administration.”

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