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Centre unhappy with HC’s order of giving human status to Ganga river, approaches SC

Facing problems in implementing the administrative orders after bestowing the title of a ‘living human entity’ to Ganga River, the Centre has moved the Supreme Court to seek help in this matter. Madan Kaushik, Uttarakhand Minister and State Government Spokesperson gave reference of the High Court’s order of March 20 which stated that the Chief Secretary and the Advocate General will act as guardians of the holy Ganga and Yamuna rivers.

Centre unhappy with HC's order of giving human status to Ganga river, approaches SC

Src: Ganga and its various tributaries are even unfit for bathing purposes

Kaushik said, “Since the matter of cleaning Ganga river is not just restricted to Uttarakhand, as it also flows through West Bengal, how could the Chief Secretary and the Advocate General tackle all the issues related to the river. That is why the Central government has approached the apex court on this matter”. He further told that the state government was also a party to the petition moved in the Supreme Court.

However, Kaushik respected the High Court’s order of bestowing the status of ‘living human entities’ to the two sacred Ganga and Yamuna rivers. Exercising extraordinary jurisdiction vested in the court, a division bench of Justices Rajeev Sharma and Alok Singh of the High Court said that, “Holy Rivers Ganga and Yamuna have been declared to be treated as living human entities”.

Centre unhappy with HC's order of giving human status to Ganga river, approaches SC

Src: Heaps of garbage is dumped in Ganga river in the name of religion

The High Court gave its order after the PIL was filed by Mohammad Salim, a resident of Haridwar claiming the deteriorating water quality of the river due to the high levels of pollution and encroachment in the river and its tributaries. The matter was related to mining and stone crushing along the banks of river Ganga.

Src: Indian Express

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