Centre buckles up for Clean Ganga mission, seeks forestry intervention

Speaking at the inauguration of a two-day national level discourse for preparing the Detail Project Report (DPR), Uma Bharti who is the Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation told besides the religious perception, the focus of protecting the Ganga (Ganges river) should also be from the economic perception because several people look upon the river for their livelihood, as reported by PTI.

Bharti who was in Dehradun to inaugurate the DPR for “Swachh Ganga Campaign” on forestry intervention at Forests Research Institute encouraged the young population of India to come forward and lend support to the mission. She also emphasized on the need to standardize policies created by higher level with the necessities of the normal working class masses.

On the other hand, Prakash Javadekar who is the Union Environment Minister stated that the centre will take tough measures against the factories that are accountable for polluting the Ganga and various ways are in the process of preparation to protect the river.


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In the same report, he added that the factories, which are located on the banks of the Ganges River, are most guilty of dirtying the water body. A total of 630 such factories have been noted, out of which 440 leather factories are located in Kanpur and its nearby places. He further added that a plan is being arranged in an attempt to cease these 440 factories from doing any more harm to the river.

Javadekar explained that with the assistance of Censor device, which will be installed at the remaining 190 factories; their pollution level will be recorded and examined 24 hours a week and tough measures will be taken against those who don’t comply by the rules.

As part of the “Clean Ganga Mission,” Bharti informed that the government will spend Rs. 20,000 crore over the span of four years to preserve the Ganga. She added that the assigned money should be spent effectually and not for the sake of only spending.

Javadekar told the “reality” is that around “68 percent sewage is dumped in rivers untreated, one-third industrial effluents and two-third of agricultural waste including pesticides end up contaminating water bodies.”

He further added that the ministry is “serious about tackling various types of wastes including e-waste,” and strict actions will be taken against the ones who do not comply by the pollution rules.

National Mission for Clean Ganga (Namami Gange Project) was proposed to be set up in the 2014-2015 Union Budgets, keeping in mind that the Ganges River is the largest river of India and is very significant to the Indians. A total sum of Rs. 2,307 has been officially allocated for this purpose with an additional sum of Rs. 100 crores that have been issued for the creation of Ghats and beautification of River Fronts at Haridwar, Kanpur, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kedarnath, Patna and Delhi in the ongoing fiscal year.

A Group of Secretaries who was appointed by the ministers drafted their action plan after holding many periodical meetings with the latter, and presented their initial report on July 21, 2014. The final report was then submitted on August 28, 2014 after the ministers reviewed them and gave their inputs.

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