5 Ganga dies a slow death

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

When Ra­jiv Gandhi launched the Ganga Ac­tion Plan in Varanasi in 1986, he stated, "We shall see the wa­ters of the Ganga be­come clean once again" ("Pu­ri­fy­ing the Ganga", Septem­ber 16-30, 1992). Thirty years later, his words re­main as hol­low as the prom­ises of sub­se­quent gov­ern­ments to clean the river. As it flows from the Hi­malayas into the Bay of Ben­gal, the Ganga "dies, not once but many times" ("Can we save Ganga?" July 16-31, 2014). Our cover story an­a­lysed why pol­lu­tion is so per­sis­tent and sug­gested ways to clean it.

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