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New authority to book Ganga polluters

Source: Indian Express, Date: , 2016

Union water resources ministry has moved a proposal to establish a new authority that will have power to monitor and penalize industries polluting Ganga and its tributaries. The draft proposal has been circulated to Ministry of Law for its comments. Union Minister Uma Bharti said that the authority will have power to take action under the section five of the Environment Protection Act (EPA), 1986. At present, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) can take action against the polluters. According to ministry, the need was felt as now they cannot take action against any polluting industry directly and have to approach CPCB. Sometimes investigation by CPCB was found to be shoddy and incorrect, said a ministry official. The autonomous authority will have powers to spend money, besides that of taking action against polluters.

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