New Delhi, July 28: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to place display boards at a gap of every 100 km with the proper information on the quality of water in river Ganga, mentioning whether water is fit for bathing or drinking. Also Read - Karan Wahi Receives Hate Messages, Death Threats Over His Post on Naga Babas in Kumbh Mela Amid COVID-19 Crisis

“If cigarette packets can carry injurious to health warning, why not river Ganga?, asked the NGT. It also expressed displeasure over the situation of water of the Ganga, between Haridwar to Unnao, which is unfit for the drinking and bathing. Also Read - CPCB Directs Delhi, UP, Haryana, Rajasthan to Ensure Strict Compliance to Ban Firecrackers During Christmas, New Year

“Do people of this country know that Ganga water is unfit for drinking and bathing? They perform achamana (purification ritual) thinking that they will go to heaven. Can you imagine which heaven will they if they drink this polluted water,” a bench, headed by NGT chairperson A K Goel, observed.

The Green Tribunal strictly asked the NMCG and the Central Pollution Control Board to place on their website, within two weeks, a prominent map showing where the water was good for bathing and drinking.

“The over exploited, critical, semi critical areas are to be identified with regard to water extraction. The industries have to undertake that they do not pollute ground water by injecting pollutants and plantation work along flood plains has to be implemented,” the bench comprising  Justice S P Wangdi and expert members S S Gabrayal and Nagin Nanda noted.

(With agency inputs)