Allahabad, May 29: The National River Ganga will soon become the first river in the country to be protected by an ACT.  Rejuvenation Protection and Maintenance Bill, 2017 has been started to review. In the last Year July month Girdhar Malviya, retired from a committee under Justice prepared the draft act which will ensure cleanliness and uninterrupted flow of the national river.

Malviya submits the proposal of draft union water resources and Ganga rejuvenation minister Uma Bharti in April this year. Arun Kumar Gupta, Amicus Curiae of the Allahabad high court quoted Hindustan Times that with the aim of protecting the Ganga through an Act, the union water resources and Ganga rejuvenation ministry has now constituted a four-member committee to review salient features of the bill for further action.

“I am one of the four members of the committee. The other three members include the director general of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, joint secretary, the ministry of water resources, Sanjay Kundu and additional advocate general, Madhya Pradesh, Purushaindra Kaurav. The committee has to submit its report in two months.

As per Gupta, stringent measures were proposed in the bill prepared by a committee headed by Justice (retd) Giridhar Malaviya. “During the Congress rule, despite assurances from the then Union environment minister Harish Rawat nothing concrete could be achieved. Now, with the four-member committee asked to submit its report along with suggestions within two months, the proposed Ganga Act seems to be in its final stage,” he said. Gupta was instrumental in getting the national river status for the Ganga in 2010.