will be strict laws for polluting river Ganga said Shri Nitin Gadkari,
Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga
Rejuvenation while speaking at an Interaction with the Captains of
Indian trade and Industry on Ganga rejuvenation in Mumbai today .He
outlined the implementation of the ‘Namami Gange’ programme(for
rejuvenation of the river Ganga and its tributaries ) which has been
divided into three levels .The short term activities for immediate
visible impact include river surface cleaning and modernization of
Ghats and Crematoria .The medium term activities to be implemented
within five years include Municipal sewage management ,biodiversity
conservation, afforestation, ganga gram ,industrial effluent management
,water quality monitoring and rural sanitation .Long term activities to
be implemented within ten years include adequate flow of water, improved
efficiency of surface irrigation and increased water use efficiency .
Shri Gadkari emphasised that cleaning the Ganga should
become a peoples movement .He informed that a lot of private individuals
from across the world have pledged support for cleaning the Ganga and
have donated generously . He urged the people to make cleaning of the
Ganga a mass movement .
Shri Satyapal Singh Minister of State for Ganga
rejuvenation said that for Indians Ganga is not just a river it is a
civilization in flow . For Indians river Ganga has always represented
the most significant scared river, with many religious centres having
developed on its banks. Water as one of the tatvas is symbolically
associated with creation, dissolution, fertility and cleansing and is
inherent in the larger Indian Cultural ethos.
Elborating on Namami Gange (integrated Ganga conservation
mission )Secretary Ministry of Water Resources, Shri U.P Singh said that
the vision of Ganga rejuvenation consitues restoring the wholesomeness
of the river in terms of ensuring continuous flow ,unpolluted flow and
geological and ecological integrity . He informed that 113 Ghats and 52
crematoria are under various stages of progress at a cost of Rs 626.57
crores. 84 Ghats in Varanasi will be cleaned up at a cost of Rs 5 crores
per year .All villages near Ganga have been declared Open Defecation
free .Trash skimmers have been deployed in 11 cities to collect all
kinds of floating waste materials to clean the Ganga river surface .
The Government of India ( GOI), through Namami Gange
Programme announced in 2014, has given a much needed thrust by
allocating resources of about Rs.20,000 crores and has adopted an
integrated Ganga Rejuvenation approach addressing various aspects.
National Mission for Clean Ganga ( NMCG) has sanctioned projects worth
about Rs.17,000 crore for Sewerage Management, Industrial Effluents
Managements, Biodiversity Conservation, Solid Waste Management,
Afforestation , Rural Sanitation, River Front Management, Capacity
Building, Development/ Rehabilitation’ of Ghats& Crematoria etc. and
above all a Communication & Public campaign to make ‘Ganga
Rejuvenation’ a public movement.
However, the task of river Ganga rejuvenation, associated
with 43% of the country’s population and its critical religious,
spiritual, cultural and historical significance, assumes a gigantic
proportion and can’t be achieved by mere governmental efforts. It
requires wholehearted involvement and support from all the Indians,
cutting across society, who have revered Ganga not only as unending
source of nourishment, but as part and parcel of a rich and timeless
culture and tradition.