- The Uttarakhand High Court had earlier this year accorded the status of “living human entities” to the Ganga and Yamuna rivers to help in their “preservation and conservation”.
- Bestowing human status on the sacred but highly polluted rivers would, according to the court’s order, amount to harming a human being.
- Officials made custodians of the Ganga when it was granted human status by the high court- the chief secretary, the advocate general and the director of Namami Gange project.
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- Uttarakhand High Court issued first legal notice asking it (Ganga) to explain why its land was given for construction of a trenching ground.
- Issuing notice to Ganga, the Union government, central pollution control board, state pollution control board and the Rishikesh municipality, the court directed the respondents to file a reply. Custodians of the Ganga should also respond to the legal notice served by the Court.