Days after National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) asked for a detailed report from the UP government, the state government on May 21 has started collating district-wise data of “unidentified dead bodies or unclaimed corpses” fished out or recovered from Ganga across the state.
According to a local, “For the last 2-3 months, people have been burying their dead here. Sand covering the bodies is blown away by strong winds, exposing the decomposing bodies. Predatory birds and dogs feast gather and feast on the remains. The government should make arrangements for proper burials.”
Sources said that this is one of the 7-point on which the state government has sought a “weekly report” from the districts.
Achchhe Lal Singh Yadav, Additional Project Director, State Mission for Clean Ganga (SMCG)-Uttar Pradesh has written to 72 district magistrates seeking a report on the “number of unidentified dead bodies/unclaimed corpses fished out/recovered from river/river bed or bank of the river Ganga and its tributaries and disposed/cremated as per the Standard Operating Procedures and guidelines.”
The district magistrates have also been asked to send a report on the ‘Audit of the infrastructure for crematoria/ burial grounds and their utilization.’
The Uttar Pradesh government has directed the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and water battalions of the Pradeshik Armed Constabulary (PAC) to ensure that no bodies are buried in the sand along the banks of river Ganga.