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Draft of National River Ganga Bill, 2018 provides for constitution of GPC as armed forces
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Draft of National River Ganga Bill, 2018 provides for constitution of GPC as armed forces

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New Delhi, Feb 4: Draft of "The National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Bill 2018" provides for the constitution of Ganga Protection Corps as an armed forces of the union, the Government informed on Monday.

The Ganga Protection Corps is proposed to be empowered to arrest or caused to be arrested for offence under the Act, and to take the person to the nearest police station, Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Satya Pal Singh said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

''The court would take cognisance of the offence on the basis of the complaint filed by the officers who are authorised under the proposed Act,'' Mr Singh added.

The draft Act contemplates certain provisions conferring powers to the "National Council for Rejuvenation, Protection and Management of River Ganga" to arrange to carry out or caused to

be carried out impact assessment of certain projects and activities which affect or are likely to affect the flow of water in Ganga, such as building barrages, deforestation on hill slopes, hydroelectric projects. (UNI)