New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday pulled up the Centre on the issue of cleaning of the Ganges and asked for a status report on setting up of sewage treatment plants within six months.
The apex court asked the Centre if it will be able to clean River Ganga in this term. It observed that over Rs 2000 crore has been spent in the last 30 years on cleaning of Ganga. It called for a status report on the setting up of sewage treatment plants within six months.
The Supreme Court also inquired about the status of over 4000 sq km of area between Gaumukh and Uttarkashi which has to be declared as an eco-sensitive zone.
Replying to the Supreme Court, the Centre assured it that Ganga will be cleaned by 2018.
In a related development earlier on Wednesday, Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti said she has directed local officials to act on the issue of over 50 bodies found in the river. She said, "Officials will get back to me on the matter by this evening."
The Uttar Pradesh government ordered a probe after over 50 human corpses were found in the river Ganga posing a major environmental hazard. The dead bodies were found in a canal which connects Periyar Ghat to Ganga river in Unnao district. Reports said that dogs and vultures were seen eating the flesh.