The division bench of Justices Rajeev Sharma and Alok Singh cited the example of river Whanganui in New Zealand which has been given such a status, also named two "legal parents" of the rivers. The Director, Namami Gange project for cleaning and rejuvenating the river, and the Chief Secretary and the Advocate General of Uttarakhand have been charged to protect, conserve and preserve the rivers and their tributaries.
The judgment came following a petition on a matter related to mining and stone crushing along the banks of the Ganga.
Considered the most sacred river of India, Ganga is deeply linked to the people's cultural beliefs and identity. But over the last few decades, it has become one of the most polluted rivers of the world. Various campaigns -- including the "Clean Ganga" project undertaken by the government and orders from various courts to treat sewage and shut down polluting industries along its banks - have failed to bring about the desired effect.
(With inputs from PTI)
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