- The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has rebuked the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for its lackadaisical approach towards preventing the pollution in River Ganga. NGT has voiced dissatisfaction over NMCG for not providing precise information about the status of rejuvenation projects planned and executed between Kanpur to Ganga Sagar.
- NMCG is the implementation wing of National Ganga Council. It was registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The government through the River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities Order, 2016, declared NMCG as an Authority. It has been given powers to issue directions and also to exercise the powers under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
- The NMCG implements the Namami Gange programme. Launched in 2015, the Namami Gange programme is an Integrated Conservation Mission which seeks to achieve effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.
- The main pillars of Namami Gange Programme are a) Sewerage Treatment Infrastructure, b) River-Surface Cleaning, c) Afforestation, d) Industrial Effluent Monitoring, e) River-Front Development, f) Bio-Diversity, g) Ganga Gram and h) Public Awareness.
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