Ganga is not only a river but a gift of nature to India. It has been of vital importance for Indians, both geographically and spiritually. Pollution in Ganga has been a cause of concern for many years now. There have been multiple attempts to clean the holy river, but nothing substantial could be achieved.
The Central government approved the ‘Namami Gange‘ program on May 13, 2015, as an inclusive approach to rejuvenating the Ganga and all its tributaries under one umbrella by consolidating existing ongoing efforts.
However, the latest statement by Union minister Nitin Gadkari might be the ray of hope for the Ganges.
Ganga Will be 80% Clean in 3 Months, 100% by March 2020?
Nitin Gadkari on Saturday promised that by March 2020, Ganges will be 100 % clean and pollution free. The dream of a clean Ganga will turn into a reality by 2020. He was addressing a gathering of BJP morcha in Nagpur.
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He also informed that in just 10 percent work of the Rs 26,000 crore project currently underway, the Ganga has started getting cleaner. By March this year, 30-40 percent of the work will be completed and by March next year, Ganga will be 100 percent clean,”
Mr. Gadkari mentioned that he could give a “district wise, state wise and project wise” record of the work he had done to clean Ganga. They have been working on the rejuvenation of Ganga along with its 40 tributaries. In addition, the ministry is planning to start a project worth 800 crores for the rejuvenation of Yamuna.
India is also planning to fight Climate change. In Order to do so, Government of India has bought a 100-day work scheme as well.
Under the Namami Gange project, the team plans to achieve the “Nirmal” or clean river while ensuring “Aviral Dhara” or the uninterrupted flow.
He also added that the river would have “continuous” and “unpolluted” water on its entire stretch by June this year and they hope to clean 70-80 % of river water by the end of this year.
“Our dream of a clean Ganga will come true. This is called good governance,” the Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation said.
Around 195 projects were sanctioned under the Namami Gange Program. 102 of these were meant for the creation of sewage infrastructure in towns and cities along the river and its tributaries. The others aimed at the development of ghats and crematoriums, cleaning of river surface, development of riverfront, biodiversity conservation, afforestation, rural sanitation, and public participation.
Twenty-four out of 102 sewage infrastructure projects have, so far, been completed while 45 are under execution. Another 33 projects are under various stages of tendering. Most of these projects are being implemented in five states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.