While there have been several studies undertaken earlier to examine the microbial diversity in Ganga, no study has looked at the "entire stretch" of the river
Nearly Rs 26,000 crore are being spent on cleaning up the holy river that's highly polluted now, under the National Mission for Clean Ganga in association with the states, the minister said.
The plea of the applicant is that during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, 15-16 crore pilgrims are expected to come and take holy dip in River Ganga.
Nitin Gadkari also said that the Centre is taking various measures to ensure ecological flow or the minimum quantity of water at different stretches of the Ganga
The Bill also lays down provisions of imprisonment of 2-5 years for offences like commercial fishing, polluting the river and construction of illegal structures in active flood plains, the official said.
He said most of the 221 projects under the Namami Gange Mission worth Rs 22,238 crore are at advanced stages of completion.
Elaborating on the work done by the German Embassy, Wieck said the project would focus on extension and replacement of sewerage system (around 360 kilometres) including complete house connection, construction of sewage treatment plants of around 15 million litres per day (mld).
The study, published recently in 'Scientific Reports' magazine by Nature Publishing Group, used a combination of satellite images of groundwater levels of Ganga.
The green panel formed a committee comprising former judge of Allahabad High Court, to be nominated by chief justice of the high court, nominees from the Central Pollution Control Board and the Indian Institute of Technology and directed it to submit a quarterly report on the work done.
A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice A K Goel said despite claims by authorities, the work done on the ground for Ganga rejuvenation was not adequate and regular monitoring was required to improve the situation.
The minister also said that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is also creating a 800-acre garden along the banks of the Yamuna in the national capital.
A bench headed by acting Chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim noted that despite its December 2016 order, the parties have not filed their replies.
The green panel also asked the state government to make a categorical statement about compliance of its December 10, 2015 directions on rejuvenation of the river.
Accompanied by PM Modi who explained to his guest the various craft forms, President Macron was also shown as to how the world-renowned Banarsi sarees were weaved.
A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim passed the order after advocate M C Mehta, who has filed a plea for cleaning of Ganga, said that there were deficiencies in the report and it does not answer whether the directions of the tribunal have been complied with.
Moneycontrol caught up with union minister of Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water resources, River development and Ganga rejuvenation to talk about infrastructure developments in the country, road map for 2018 and push towards waterways as a means of transportation.
Of the Rs 198.48 crore sanctioned to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for three projects on monitoring and evaluation of work under the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMGC), only 7.44 per cent, or Rs 14.77 crore, was used.
"The tree plantation along the banks of river Ganga will create job opportunities and will also benefit the environment. (Maharashtra) Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar will lead the project," the Minister for River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation said at a programme here.
Calling for rural-centric schemes, the union minister reveals plans for Ganga, river connectivity, agriculture and farming sector of India
The projects, he said, aim at containing discharge of polluted water in the river and recycling the waste water to produce bio CNG to power transport fleet.
Pune-based NJS Engineers Private Limited, which is working on the Japan International Cooperation Agency-assisted Ganga Action Plan-II at Varanasi, received the "Be Inspired" BIM Advancement in Environmental Award yesterday.
Nitin Gadkari said that the government has resolved to complete the works and the chief ministers of all Ganga basin states were co-operating on the issue.
The Green Tribunal allocated six weeks to the Yogi Adityanath government to relocate tanneries from Jajmau to Unnao or any other appropriate place.
Today's meeting on 'Namami Gange' programme assumed significance as it was the first since the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the river's two key basin states whose previous governments were accused by the Centre of not cooperating fully.
"They have a very strange attitude. They don't attend meetings (on Ganga). I am going to write to Banerjee to send officials for the meetings," Minister of Water Resources Bharti told reporters here.