Patna: Expressing concern at the increasing pollution of Ganga, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday urged the Centre to provide more funds and delegate authority to the states to make the river pollution-free.
    
"The Centre should consider provision for more funds and delegation of authority to the states to work on measures to make the river pollution-free," he told reporters in reply to a question.
    
"It is a matter of serious concern that the sacred water of the river Ganga has been polluted to such an extent that its water is not worth drinking or taking dip," he said.
    
Kumar also suggested to the Centre to hold meeting of an authority set up under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister to deal with pollution in the river Ganga at regular interval so that remedial measures for making the river pollution-free could be reviewed from time to time.
   
 So far, only one meeting of the authority on the Ganga has been held, he said and stressed that the authority should meet more frequently to discuss the matter.
    
On Bihar's take to make the river pollution-free, the Chief Minister said that the state government has submitted its proposal to the Centre and added that everybody should cooperate in the collective endeavour to restore cleanliness of the sacred river.

Kumar further suggested that the Centre should make presence of Dolphin as the criteria to identity pollution in the river Ganga.

He thanked the Union Minister of Forests and Environment Jairam Ramesh for accepting the state government's proposal to declare dolphin as an aquatic animal.

 

(Agencies)