Ganga clean­ing to end by 2020

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE CLEAN­ING of the river Ganga is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2020, the gov­ern­ment has said. In re­ply to a ques­tion in the Ra­jya Sabha, Union Wa­ter Re­sources Min­is­ter Uma Bharti said, "The present ini­tia­tive of Ganga clean­ing is ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2020, by which time most of the projects that have been ini­ti­ated/ pro­posed are ex­pected to be com­pleted and de­sired re­sults will be vis­i­ble." The Na­tional Ganga River Basin Author­ity (NGRBA) was launched in 2009 with the re­newed vi­sion of clean­ing the river Ganga us­ing a basin wide ap­proach. Till NGRBA was launched (1985-2009), 966 projects for clean­ing Ganga had been launched, 902 projects com­pleted and a treat­ment ca­pac­ity of 2,495.73 mil­lion litres per day cre­ated, she added.

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