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Narendra Modi’s Mission to Clean Ganga

June 10, 2014
Mission to clean Ganga - Narendra Modi

Mission to clean Ganga – Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to Varanasi and showed a hope to clean the holy River Ganga during his election campaign. Cleaning of Ganga has also been mentioned in the manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the cultural heritage sections. They made certain changes in the administration to perform the task. The Ganga Action Plan which was part of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has now been shifted under Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti.

It is imperative to keep natural resources pure as these sustain life and maintain ecological balance. Increased inflow of industrial waste, untreated sewage and reduced natural flow of the river are the major factors leading to water pollution. As per experts it is essential to bring back the ecological flow of the Ganga which is joined by 115 small rivers. Out of these seven small rivers have been restored and work has to be done on the remaining 108 to revive the ecological flow.

History of Projects to clean Ganga

The Ganga Action Plan (GAP) – Way back in 1986, the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi launched Rs 462-crore project to clean the Ganga in Varanasi. Under this plan sewage treatment plants were set up, raw sewage was cut off and diverted, electric and wood crematoria was set up and low-cost sanitation facilities were provided. The Ganga Action Plan was not successful so refuted on 31 March 2000 but phase II of the programe got approval. Till Feb 2014 Rs 939 crore had been spent on the Ganga Action Plan including 524 different schemes.

The National Ganga River Basin Authority (NRBA) – Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the head of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NRBA), a regulatory body formed in February 2009 with an objective to reduce pollution and to conserve the Ganga. But he along with two more members resigned from the post because of lack of accountability and commitment. NRBA had been granted fund of Rs 3,031 to operate 56 schemes in 44 towns. As per available data Rs 785 crore had already been spent till September 2013. NRBA was supported by the National Ganga River Basin Project.

Supreme Court of India – Closure and relocation of industrial plants along the Ganges is tackled by the Supreme Court of India. Stretch of the river between Gaumukh and Uttarkashi has been termed as ‘eco-sensitive zone’ in 2010.

Save Ganga Movement – Gandhian non-violent movement with saints and social science activist as its supporters. National Women’s Organisation (NWO) and many other such organizations also take interest in this cause.

Ganga Calling – Save Ganga – A campaign supported by Indian Council for Enviro-Legal Action (ICELA).

Facts on the River Ganges and its pollution

Total distance covered by the river is 400,000 square miles.

The River covers 29 cities having a population of more than 100,000, flows through 23 cities having population between 50,000 and 100,000 and near about 48 towns.

The Ganga is considered as the holiest river in India with massive spiritual, religious and ritual significance. Near about 40% of Indian population survive on Ganga by using its water.

The Ganges tolerate domestic waste such as defecation, untreated industrial waste, and pollution during religious events. Every day 1.7 billion litres of such waste run into the river. Near about 89 million litres of sewage is disposed off in the river daily.

The Ganges is one of the most polluted rivers in India in which level of pollutants is more than 3000 times than the permissible limit defined by the WHO as ‘safe’.

As per studies carried out by the Uttarakhand Environment Conservation and Pollution Control Board, the Ganges water near Haridwar has Coliform bacteria at 5,500 level which is 100 times more than the permissible limit. Directly pouring human feces, urine and sewage into river is the major reason of this rise. Coliform bacteria is found human colons but become highly hazardous when found in water or food.

Half-burned or unburned human dead bodies as well as animal carcasses are thrown into the river.

Harmful pesticides and fertilizers in agriculture run-offs pollute the water. The water of this holy river has become unfit for drinking, bathing and not even safe for agriculture purposes.

Mercury has also been found in the Ganga River water in the study conducted by the Environmental Biology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Patna University. Though mercury contamination has not reached to an alarming level but its presence is still worrisome.

In spite of all the plans, actions, schemes and funds, the River Ganga is still polluted.

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Cleaning RIVER GANGA is not the responsibilty of govt. . It is a responsibilty of every citizen . I advice to govt. as a citizen of india spread mission cleaning like a EMERGENCY in every state where the river crosses. Handover the responsibilties to I.A.S and other staff to manage all neccesary things and person to complete this mission .

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i want to join this plan…tell me how to join ganga action plan…

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Jayanta Chaudhury September 19, 2016 at 9:28 pm

I want to join mission to clean Ganga.I have an organization”Nirmola Eminent Multicare Society”(NGO).If Ganga clean,save our society.

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PM modi sir thanks for progres india and even the ganga river

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ganga lives:)
india lives
ganga dies
india dies:(

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sunil kumar singh January 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

I Want to join mission to clean ganga.

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Be a solution, not a pollution

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VISHAL CHHAPARIA December 10, 2015 at 7:56 pm

ganga clean ke kuch idea.
1.jin town me ganga hain wahan ganga kinare food park bana dena chaiye aur gaon hone pe wahan school aur park bana dena chaiye
2.ganga kinare ki basti ko kahin aur shift kar dena chaiye
3.jahan bhi aabadi ho wahan pay & use toilet awashya hona chaiye
4.kachra fekne wale pe fine kar dena chaiye

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clean ganga clean river

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Like Ganga Yamuna river should also cleaned simultaneously. It has also social and religious inportance, beside it is more polluted as compared to Ganga.

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We are Indians we should clean our India and its property

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It is neccessary that the river pollution should be stooped otherwise not a single drop of fresh water will remain for us. So,we all should aware about this serious problem of river pollution. There are some remedies should be used for vanishing this bitter problem :
1. The sewages of the cities shouldn’t be intermixed with the water of the rivers. They should be drained out and should be collected at distant place from settlement and the wastage of this water can be separated Andrew be utilized to make fertilizers.

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R.srinivasan alias vasan god son usa indian July 24, 2015 at 11:47 am

prevent all waste and drinage back water from all small villages ,towns,municipalty,corporation,cities situated in the banks of ganges river .stop them not to mix along with gangas water.from gangas starting point to end . if u dont stop this you cannot purify the ganges water,”How you will pure mother GANGA with out cleaning efficently.one side polluted water mixing along with ganga other side cleaning ganga how it is possible ? I recall what sujaya my neice from USA chemical engineer told me RAM THERA GANGA MAILY . SRINIVASAN
GOD SON OF PEOPLE OF USA ,PRESIDENT OF USA GOD SON OF UNITED NATIONS COUNTRIES,BROTHER OF MADAM MAMATHA BENARGI
J.JAYALALITHA AND ANJALI,TRISHA,ROYAL FAMILY OF TVM,MAHARASTRA.

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MAHESH TRIPATHI July 7, 2015 at 3:57 pm

PM Shri.Narendra Modijis initiative to clean one of the holiest rivers Ganga is indeed laudable as he himself has taken the lead and participated in various activities.
One basic problem which needs to be addressed is basic civic sense amongst the local population and pilgrims to maintain Ganga clean by avoiding use of Soap for bathing and washing Clothes and dumping of Nirmalaya waste flowers after Pooja.
In Haridwar / Kankhal one can easily find that due to lack of proper water supply local population goes to Ganges to perform their daily rituals like bathing washing etc. 1st and foremost timely and proper water supply should be maintained so that people do not rush to the ghats to perform for their daily chores.
Whenever there is a power cut water supply gets affected and local residents can be seen at the ghats for bathing washing etc.
No matter how much time money and efforts Govt and individuals spend to make and keep Ganges clean unless it becomes a peoples initiative it won’t be successful.
Educating and creating awareness will go a long way in making the dream of clean Ganga come true.
Local population also needs proper supply of water/electricity so that they do not go to the river/ghats and pollute them performing daily chores.

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Aishwarya Sajeev July 4, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Through this i came to know more about our respectful prime minister’s steps to improve the tense situation of the river Ganga.

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Rita Aggarwal June 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

RECENTLY WE VISITED BRIJ GHAT OF GARH MUKTESHWAR. IT WAS SO SURPRISING THAT I WALKED AT LEAST 1/4 KM IN THE RIVER GANGA,BUT COULD NOT FIND SAND BELOW MY FEETS.WHOLE OF THE GHAT WAS FILLED WITH PLASTIC ALL OVER.PLEASE DO SOME THING TO REMOVE PLASTICS FROM THE GHATS BCS IT IS VERY GROSS WHEN YOUR FEETS ARE ON PLASTIC IN WATER.
THANKS
RITA AGGARWAL

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ASHEESH SHAKYA June 14, 2015 at 11:19 am

Mam nice I like it

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b.k.girishneelakantan April 15, 2015 at 10:53 pm

sir , i wish for cleaning the ganga river .Not only Ganga but all river in india

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MOHAMMAD AZMATULLAH April 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm

Good works

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sanjay kumar singh March 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm

sir, in my opinion we dont waste time in disscussion only ,time has come to do something for maa ganga ,the term itself reflect the respect.Encroachement of river bed must be stop,children are educated ,how to clean ganga ,how it was useful to them in future .Active participation of mass is essential,so it is a movement of people not only by govt agency

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    kanishk gupta June 5, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    yes,i completely agree with you….and the question arises that what are you doing for that?are you anything to keep maa ganga clean

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It is very important to preserve this HOLY RIVER GANGA
I can’t understand why people through thier wast into rivers . They should respect the HOLY RIVER and try to save rivers from getting polluted in any way
I hope govt will take some urgent step towards this matter
I also thank OUR PRIME MINISTER for initiating a campaign
to save RIVER GANGA

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Aap mujhe direction de hm GAP project model submit karne walen hai
pls help me

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Sk Shahzad Buksh February 7, 2015 at 12:28 am

I heartily thanks PRABHAT KHABAR (Kolkata Edition) for its step towards cleanliness and saving of River Ganga. Most of the schools of Kolkata had participated in this step called LIVE GANGA CAMPAIGN (ongoing since December 2014. PRABHAT KHABAR had taken a very responsible step towards river Ganga. I wish them all the best. Daily I am witnessing (reading) different schools becoming part of this campaign. PRABHAT KHABAR ROCKS.

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I congratulate Shri Narendra Modi For his wonderful mission towrds Ganga..!!

Sir I want to Become a part of this.. i have a plan For Ganga & Delhi Slums…!!

Please Give a chance..!!

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SIR THIS IS MY NEXT MAIL CAN YOU GIVE ME A CHANCE SIR ONE DAY YOU SPEAK YOU WANT TO HUNER SIR I AM WAITING YOUR ANSWER CAN I WRITE YOUR GANGA PROJECT AD IN HINDI

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I congratulate Shri Narendra Modi For his wonderful mission towrds Ganga.I promise you that I will inform all my relatives & friends not to put any type of sewage in Ganga.
CONGRATULATION !!!!!!!!!!!
MODI JI

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Lavani prajapati January 4, 2015 at 10:37 am

We should minimise the use of such substances which pollutes our environment and we spread the importance of sustain the natural resources among the citizens of India.

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Prashant R. Tayade January 3, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Prashant Tayade working as a Assistant Professor in Jawaharlal Darda Institute of Engineering & Technology, Yavatmal. I have some technical ideas regarding pollution control of water streams. I want to do the presentation of this ideas in front of the concerned peoples, so that these ideas may helpful for cleaning the ganga river

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can I get the table for the progress on the cleanliness of ganga year wisely

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We all are responsible to save our holy river Ganga.

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Chantal Govender November 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Could I pls have details on how to go abt contribution to the cleanup project.

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Mother Ganges – Yamuna

I had gone to Haridwar and Rishikesh, both holy places . It was a shocking experience, few hundred yards away from Ghats, all municipal solid waste was being thrown in the River thereby polluting the mother Ganges. We bring holy water to our homes for scared ceremonies, which is highly polluted. When asked about it, the local Brahmins do not feel guilt in it. Simple answer is We defecate in MOTHERS’ LAP as toddlers, so we do with mother Ganges. All Govt.’s efforts will go waste, if local BRAHMINS/ PUJARIES think like that. Thousands Sadhus/ BRAHMINS/P UJARIES are not contributing towards its cleanliness, though their BREAD AND WATER is the SOUL OF GANGA.
NOW, PM has taken a bold initiative to Clean Ganga, Let us Join this good Cause. We can contribute in its clean campaign.
1. ALL SADHUS/ BRAHMINS/ PUJARIES be educated by public address systems during Ganga AARTI.
2. All temples in the vicinity must co-operate and educate visiting YATRIES/ DEVOTEES.
3. Entire area should be liter free.
4. All drains should have effective ETP LIKE IN IDPL’s Rishikesh PLANT.
5. We must not allow any Garbage in MOTHER GANGES right from GANGOTRI.
6. All industrial waste be treated by the Industrial Units, they may be given TAX Relief for the purpose and face sever penalty for non- compliance.

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Arun Kumar Pathak August 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Sir,
To stop the river pollution not only make any of the means (indivdual, industrial or institutional) a legally punishable offence and such punishment and the punished offenders should be publicized. Similarly, not the use but the production of Polytheane of the designted microns, responsible for river pollutin must be completely banned, same way.
Thanks, Sir.

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shekhar Singh June 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Every individual will have to take initiative for saving this holy river.this is the time to take drastic mandatory measures to save Ganga maiya.

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shekhar Singh June 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm

some firm laws should be enacted and severe punishment be awarded to those invove in polluting the holy ganga.every individual will have to take initiative for saving this holy river.this is the time to take drastic mandatory measures to save Ganga maiya.

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