New Delhi: Paying heed to the serious concerns of Lok Sabha MPs regarding the pollution and threat to the flow of the Ganga River due to proliferation of small hydro-electric dams in Uttarakhand, the Central Government said that all possible efforts will be made to tackle the issue.

Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Monday asserted that the Centre would not allow for the construction of any new dam in the earthquake prone areas.

“No dam would be constructed which may increase pollution and restrict the flow of the Ganga. Moreover, necessary measures will be taken to ascertain that the flows of Ganga could remain unaffected in the lower regions,” the minster said while replying to the question in the Lok Sabha.

The Centre is worried about the depleting condition of Ganga and all set to improve it, she added.

Launching a scathing attack on the Centre and the Uttarakhand government, Samajwadi Party deputy leader Rewati Raman Singh accused the governments of being reluctant in saving the national river.

JPN/Bureau