Dehradun, March 20: The Uttarakhand High Court on Monday recognised river Ganga as the first living Entity of India.
One of the largest rivers in India, Ganga is considered to be the holiest river and holds a high place in the mythology of India.
Recognising a river as a living entity means granting it the same legal rights as a human being.
The new status means if someone pollutes river Ganga, the law will consider it equal to harming a human being.
The court also orders the government to form a Ganga Administration Board for cleaning and better maintenance of the river.
"The Ganga should be saved for the generations to come," the court added.
A similar ruling was passed out earlier in New Zealand when their parliament passed a bill declaring 145km long Whanganui River as a living entity.
The Executive Committee of the National Mission for Clean Ganga had recently approved 20 projects - 13 of which are in Uttarakhand - worth Rs 1,900 crore to be swiftly implemented in Uttarakhand, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
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