If cigarette packets can carry health warning messages, why not polluted Ganga, asks NGT

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New Delhi, July 28 :Expressing concern over the polluted stretch of Ganga between Haridwar and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh, the National Green Tribunal (NGT)directed National Mission for Clean Ganga to install display boards at a gap of 100 km, indicating whether water is fit for bathing or drinking.

The National Green Tribunal  asked why shouldn’t the polluted river carry a health warning, if health warnings on tobacco packets are the most cost-effective tool for educating on the health risks of tobacco use, then why not the people be informed  and warned of the adverse effects of consuming the Ganga  water and using it for bathing.

A Bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel, directed the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to install display boards at a gap of 100 kilometres, indicating whether the water is fit for drinking and bathing, to make devotees aware of the level of pollution. “Innocent persons are drinking and bathing in the Ganga out of reverence and respect. They don’t know that it may be dangerous to their health. If cigarette packets can contain a warning saying it is ‘injurious to health,’ why not the people be informed of the adverse effects of the river water” the Bench said.

 

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