Govt Imposes Rs 50K Fine For Immersing Idols In Ganga And Its Tributaries
In order to prevent further deterioration of the water quality in the Ganga river, the central government has imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on idol immersion in the river. The government has asked the states to make arrangements, to check pollution in the river and its tributaries, during the festive season.
The centre has also asked states to earmark designated idol immersion sites within the municipal area or the bank of river Ganga and its tributaries, by constructing temporary confined ponds with removable synthetic liners at the bottom. All states have to submit an action-take report within seven days after the end of festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Vishwakarma Puja, Dussehra, Deepawali, Chhath Puja and Saraswati Puja.
Govt Collects Rs 220 Cr Under Clean Ganga Fund
Update on Jan 5, 2018: The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has collected around Rs 220 crore till now under the Clean Ganga Fund (CGF), the Lok Sabha was informed today.
However, only Rs 1,09,106 has been spent from the funds available in the CGF, Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Satyapal Singh told Lok Sabha in a written reply.
"The total amount collected/gathered by the NMCG from individual/Non-Resident Indians/Person of Indian Origins/Public Sector Undertakings till now under CGF is Rs 220.14 crore," he said.
To a separate query, he said an 11-member committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of A B Pandya, former chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC), to address the issue of flood and siltation in Bihar.
The committee was constituted on August 24 last year for a period of six months, he said.