Monday 29 August 2016

Centre Sets Three-Year Target to Rejuvenate Ganga

New Delhi
File-PTI Photo

The cleansing of the much-polluted river Ganga will be targeted to be completed in three years with funding from various sources including international ones and learning from the global experience, the Government said today.

Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said the work will start in six months on cleaning the Ganga, which is a high priority agenda of the Narendra Modi Government.

"Give me three years (to clean Ganga)," the Minister told reporters here.

"We will not hesitate from learning from anyone. We have no ego that we know the best. If we feel that somebody knows better than us, we will learn from river Rhine, Nile, Thames ...We will learn good things, without any hesitation," she said.

Asked about the funding, she said there will be several routes. "We will use PPP route, NRI fund has been setup," she said.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has already promised to help India in cleaning up the river Ganga.

Bharti also stated that efforts were on to rejuvenate the river in three years, for which steps would be taken to address the problem of pollution from industries and sewage.

"We want to rejuvenate it in three years. In three years, we want to establish the Environmental Flow (E-Flow). We want to resolve the issue of pollution on the banks of River Ganga and the pollution caused by industries and sewage," Bharti, who is also holding the Ganga Rejuvenation portfolio, said.

She was briefing reporters here on the sidelines of an international seminar on Water Risk and Stewardship in India.

PEOPLE: Uma Bharti
SECTION: National
OUTLOOK 20 August, 2014
© Copyright PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of any PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.
Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store

Post a Comment

You are not logged in, please Log in or Register
  • Daily Mail

In 1999, India and France entered into a $3.5 billion deal for the supply of these submarines. The first of the 6 subs is out on sea trials for the last three months and is to be commissioned later this year. At this stage, a newspaper in Australia has revealed secret data on the submarines, plausibly stolen from India. Indian Defence authorities have ruled out any pilferage of data from India.

POLL STARTED ON: Aug 26, 2016
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 31st Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. This is the first Olympics being held in South America and is going on even as a majority Brazilians are unhappy with their rulers. Here’s a quiz on some random Olympic facts and related trivia.
QUIZ STARTED ON: Aug 11, 2016