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Ganga cries for resurrection

Wednesday - September 20, 2017 9:44 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL
Holy river Ganga
Holy river Ganga

Ganga cries for resurrection


 
By Jaya Khare
Holy river Ganga has been a national concern for last three decades as rising pollution level is chocking and killing India’s longest river. But unfortunately, despite all the funds being pushed into its cleaning and rejuvenation, not much has changed on the ground. The river still continues to be one of the most polluted in the world. Way back in 1986, then PM Rajiv Gandhi had launched the Rs 460-cr Ganga Action Plan. 

Till Feb 2014, Rs 939 crore had been spent on the Ganga Action Plan 1 and 2, including 524 different schemes. Today the river is filthier than ever. From corpses to human excreta, everything finds a logical outlet in the Ganga.  Ganga passes through over a hundred big and small towns and cities and close to 40 per cent of the Indian population directly or indirectly depend on the Ganga. It is the lifeline of the northern plains around which the whole civilisation has grown and flourished through centuries of history.

It has immense religious and emotional significance for millions of Indians. Despite this, every year over a billion litres sewage runs off into the river. The pollution level is at least 3000 times more than the ‘safe’ limit of WHO. Narendra Modi’s Namami Gange programme is virtually the last hope for the river. Total 163 projects have been sanctioned under Namami Gange Programme at a cost of Rs 12,892 crore for various activities such as sewage infrastructure, river front development, ghat & crematoria, ghat cleaning, rural sanitation, afforestation biodiversity conservation etc with 2020 deadline. So far 42 projects have been completed.

Still there is much to be done and the government must not lose focus. There are technology and funds in plenty; what is needed is good governance that includes close monitoring, accountability and adherence to the deadline. PM Modi himself needs to have a tight grip on the affairs of the Ganga mission to save the intensity of the project from getting diluted. Any delay is detrimental to the life of the river since we are already too late. 

The river is no longer able to sustain the growing pressure of population. We have already lost several rivers to pollution due to our sheer neglect and mismanagement. The Ganga is the biggest and the most important river of India. We cannot entertain any lapse or laxity towards it. If the Ganga is dead, millions of people will be in trouble.-Windwo To News


 
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