In a meeting of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) chaired by Jal Shakti Secretary Pankaj Kumar on Saturday, it was decided to ask UP and Bihar to submit a detailed report on dumping of dead bodies in river Ganga as well as its tributaries. This was also conveyed to the senior officials of both the states.
According to the sources, the impact of the floating bodies on the Ganga’s water purity was also discussed during the meeting and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) also has been asked to increase the frequencies of collection of Ganga water samples. The States also have been asked to focus extensively on critical districts while alerting all districts to prevent dumping of the dead bodies in the river Ganga and also the burying of bodies in the sand on the banks also needs to be prevented.
Following these alerts, the State governments have already increased vigil on the banks of river Ganga and stepped up patrolling along the ghats on rivers. They have also confirmed that financial support to the bereaved families is also being extended for proper cremation of dead bodies, the source added.