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Government showing no urgency to clean Ganga, observes Supreme Court

IANS 13 Aug 2014, 17:51:43 PM IST
New Delhi: Taking a potshot at the government on cleaning the holy river Ganga, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said that ‘no urgency was seen in protecting the river'.

"You (government) showed urgency  in matters where it was needed....and this matter needs urgency and you are seeking more time. You have also promised in manifesto, it is time to implement," an Apex Court bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said as Solicitor General Mukul Rohatgi appearing for the Centre sought two weeks adjournment on the issue.

"You are showing no urgency to protect Ganga," the bench further said.

The court told the Solicitor General: "Are you saving the holy river. You are showing no urgency in this matter. But only in other matters."

Some of the issues that ought to be on backburner are being put on the frontburner, the court said as it sought a status report on the government's action plan to clean the Ganga alongwith the roadmap on the action to be taken and the steps in that direction.