The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 06 August 2018 formed a committee to oversee the rejuvenation work of river Ganga. The committee headed by a former high court judge was formed following the need for thorough monitoring and systematic approach for cleaning the river from Haridwar to Unnao.
The rejuvenation work of Ganga was a ‘huge task’, said bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel adding people of eminence who devote full time were needed to achieve the desired result. The NGT directed the committee to assume charge within one month from 06 August 2018. The green panel also said it might preferably function from Kanpur, but it would be open to the members to participate from the place they consider to be appropriate.
The cleaning work of river Ganga has been divided into different segments by the NGT, which include Gomukh to Haridwar (Phase-I), Haridwar to Unnao (segment B of Phase-I), Unnao to the border of Uttar Pradesh, border of Uttar Pradesh to border of Jharkhand and border of Jharkhand to the Bay of Bengal.
The NGT had voiced dissatisfaction over the steps taken by the Uttarakhand government to clean the Ganga. The green tribunal on July 19 had said the situation was extraordinarily bad and hardly anything effective has been done to clean the river.