“I can’t see results of whatever is being done. Against Varanasi’s sewage generation of 300 mld, treatment capacity is 102 mld. The status is unchanged since 1986,” says Prof BD Tripathi
through two phases of the Ganga Action Plan.
Mishra said his foundation has written several times to Uma Bharti, Union minister for Ganga rejuvenation, but never got a response.
Members of the consortium of IITs brought in by the Modi government to adopt and clean stretches of the river also privately lament the lack of progress. “The project is neither wellconceived nor very scientifically planned,” a senior IIT researcher involved in the exercise said on condition of anonymity.
Prof Kavita Shah, coordinator for Banaras Hindu University’s new Madan Mohan Malviya Research Centre for Ganga, blamed the lack of progress on frequent leadership changes at NMCG and poor coordination between authorities such as IIT Consortium, NMCG, IIT BHU and CPCB. Prof UK Choudhary, formerly with BHU’s Ganga Research Centre, likened the current status of the programme to taking Ganga to the beauty parlour via ghats without treating her critical ailments. BJP leaders such as Varanasi mayor Ram Gopal Mohley and Shiv Sharan Pathak, who mans the PM’s public relations office, blamed the state government for the lack of progress.