Lucknow's Gomti river looks more like a drain -- filthy and stinking. Yet, the Uttar Pradesh government has hardly taken any measures to clean it. It even downplayed the Supreme Court (SC) order passed in January 2002 to identify land in the towns of Lakhimpur, Sitapur and Barabanki to set up oxidation ponds for treatment of industrial waste and sewage before discharge. Rather than implementing the order, the state government filed an application citing lack of resources. By doing this, it has incurred the wrath of the SC. Recently, a bench of the apex court termed the plea as "unfortunate". It also reprimanded the state government for filing a "frivolous" application to scuttle its directive.
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