Taking a sharp call at the Centre, the Supreme Court of India, on September 3, 2014, said that the current plan for cleaning river Ranga may take 200 years.
Despite all the allocation of funds and other details that have been revealed by the Centre, SC was quick to point on the flaws and has asked the government to present a PowerPoint presentation on their stage wise plan within three weeks.
“After seeing your action plan, it seems Ganga will not be cleaned even after 200 years. You should take steps so that Ganga gets its pristine glory and future generations can see it. We don’t know whether we will see it or not,” the highest court said on September 3, 2014.
According to a report on NDTV, the judges found the affidavit by the center too “bureaucratic” for cleaning the river that has a length of 2,500 km. The top court has also pointed out that the plan is not meant for layman.
“We don’t want to get into the nitty-gritty of committees. But we want to know how a common man would expect the cleaning Ganga process to emerge. It is better if you can show us a PowerPoint presentation. Also fix milestones so that we can assess the progress,” the court added.
The Narendra Modi government in its affidavit on September 2, 2014 had mentioned its commitment for cleaning the holiest river in India. The affidavit also said that a pool of IIT professionals have been given the task to make a plan by the end of this year.
For now, the SC’s words are bound to make way for some more scalable changes.