QUICK BYTES: Ganga cleaning project receives Rs 20, 000 crore push from government


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Hindus gather by the millions along the shores of the Ganges River in the city of Haridwar, in Uttarakhand, north-central India. They consider Haridwar one of HinduismÕs seven holiest sites and flock to the river to ritualistically wash away their sins.

Hindus gather by the millions along the shores of the Ganges River in the city of Haridwar, in Uttarakhand, north-central India. The river is considered to to ritualistically wash away their sins.

Credit: National Geographic

An upheld heritage of India, River Ganga signifies more than just a flowing water body for us. It is a provider of livelihood, a pillar of religions and one of the oldest audience of Indian history. One of the major undertakings of Modi’s government has been its cleaning. Since 1986, a total restricted central cost of Rs. 4,000 crores has been dedicated on the part of the government for the rejuvenation of Ganga. However, in a massive elevation of finances, more than double its value has now been provided for the same cause.

Persisting with this duty, the Government of India on Wednesday provided a major financial push of Rs. 20, 000 crore to facilitate the cleaning of river Ganga.

“In order to ramp up progress, the Centre will now take over 100% funding of various activities or projects under this programme. Taking a leaf from the unsatisfactory results of the earlier Ganga Action Plans, the Centre also plans to provide for operation and maintenance of the assets for a minimum 10-year period, and adopt a PPP\SPV approach for pollution hotspots,” an official note on the decision of the cabinet claimed.

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