“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

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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.

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