State of river Ganga improving: Report submitted in HC

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Allahabad, January 10 (UNI) Mr M C Chaturvedi, chairperson of the Ganga Monitoring Committee appointed by the Allahabad High Court today submitted a detailed report in the court, stating that water in the Ganga river at Sangam, Allahabad, was gradually increasing and its colour was also improving.

The report also mentioned ways of making the Ganga pollution free.

A two-judge bench comprising Justices B S Chauhan and Ashok Bhushan directed the Magh Mela officials to implement the suggestions of the committee.

The order was passed on a writ petition filed by Hari Chaitanya Brahmachari.

The five-member committee, constituted by the High Court, comprised Chief Standing Counsel S P Kesarwani and M C Chaturvedi, A K Gupta, Y K Saxena and H N Tripathi -- all High Court advocates.

They filed the report jointly in the court, suggesting that the polythene bags used by pilgrims in the mela area should be banned.

The mela officer should be directed to ensure that no garbage be thrown in the river.

It also suggested an endeavour, with the help of volunteers and pilgrims, to avoid throwing polythene and flowers in the Ganga during the 'Magh Mela' period.

The High Court will hear the case on February 1.

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