The recent progress of cleaning River Ganga

1 week ago Saloni Hindocha 0

The River Ganga is considered extremely sacred by the Hindus. For millions of people in India and around the world, Ganga is not only a river but a Goddess. However, in the recent years, the Ganga has also gained fame for a different reason altogether which is being one of the most polluted rivers in India. The pollution level in the river is increasing at shocking pace. The level of pollution in the river is 3000 times higher than the permissible limits of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The river contains harmful toxins, bacteria, and other dangerous chemicals. On a daily basis, people dump approximately 1 billion liters of raw untreated sewage in the river, which leads to a number of water-borne diseases. The level of contamination increased in the last 20 years and experts predict that the pollution level will witness a 100% increase in the next 20 years.

Dirt in River Ganga

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday assured that the Centre has targeted to make 80 to 90 percent of the River Ganga clean by March 2019. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Government had promised during the  2014 Lok Sabha elections campaigning to take measures regarding cleaning the Ganga. After coming into power, the Government created a separate Ministry for Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation in 2014 to address the issue of clean waterways and cleaning the River Ganga and other such polluted rivers of the country.

The issue of the cleanliness was addressed by Nitin Gadkari when he was invited to speak at the ANI-organized India Infracon 2018 conclave. He said that along with River Ganga, its tributaries and nullahs will be cleaned by next year. To quote his exact words, he said, “We are working on 187 projects for Ganga cleaning. Out of these, 47 projects have been completed successfully. Work on the remaining projects will be started by March. I will assure you that by March 2019, 80 to 90 percent of the Ganga will be clean.”

River Ganga

As per the Ministry of River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, an estimated 3,000 million liters of sewer water goes into the river every day. The river also collects waste matter from sugar refineries, distilleries, pulp and paper mills, and tanneries, apart from contaminated agricultural runoff from the rice fields of Northern India.