Varanasi:  Terming the Supreme Court recommendation on the interlinking of rivers as "impractical", Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju on Thursday said several "pragmatic" problems are likely to be faced during the implementation of the project.

He said the SC recommendation on inter-linking of rivers was impractical and several pragmatic problems were likely to present themselves during implementation of the project.

The Supreme Court on February 27 had directed the Centre to implement the interlinking of rivers project in a time-bound manner.

The Apex court has also appointed a high-powered for the planning and implementation of the project.

Water crisis and its impurity in cities situated on the banks of Ganga and other rivers is "unfortunate", he said addressing a programme at Tuslighat here on the occasion of the 'World Water Day'.

Pollution in rivers is a major problem being faced by the country, Katju said adding that big industrial units which are only interested in their "profits" have been a major source of river pollution.

On the occasion, he called for more efforts to increase the awareness level amongst the people to bring down the pollution level in rivers.

While interacting with media persons, he expressed annoyance over the lack of cleanliness and high level of pollution in Varanasi, regarded as one of the leading religious destinations in the country.