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Rs. 20,000cr spent, Ganga still a flowing mess 17 ebZ 2014
Ma Ganga aur Benares se mera rishta purana hai,” BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said, pledging his intent to restore the Ganga to its original glory while campaigning in Varanasi, Plans to clean to the 2,500 km holy river too date back to older times-the first Ganga Action Plan was announced in 1986-but activists claim the stretch flowing through Varanasi is in worse shape today than it was five years ago, with “river squatters” staking claim to its banks.
GANGA: THE LIFELINE OF INDIA Length 2,525km (longest river of India) - It traverses a length of 450km in Uttarakhand, 1000km in UP, 405 in Bihar, 40km in Jharkhand, 520km in West Bengal and remaining 110km stretch touches the boundary between UP and Bihar
Catchment area of Ganga basin-8,61,404 sqkm (26.4% of India) Average annual discharge 4,93,400 million cubic metre. TRIBUTARIES/SUB-TRIBUTARIES- Yamuna, Ramganga, Gomti, Ghaghara, Gandak, Damodar, Kosi, Kali, Chambal, Singh, Betwa, Ken, Tons, Sone and Kasia-Haldi
MAJOR CITIES LOCATED ON ITS BANK-Rishikesh, Haridwar, Roorkee (in Uttarakhand), Bijnor, Narora, Kanauj, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Mirzapur (in UP), Patna, Bhagalpur (in Bihar) Bahrampur, Serampore, Howrah and Kolkata. The Ganga River Basin supports nearly 43% of India population. Two phases of Ganga Action Plan (GAP) launched/implemented to clean the river in the past 28 years:
GAP-I : It was launched in June, 1986 and declared closed in March, 2000
GAP-I: I covered 25 cities/towns: 6 in UP, 4 in Bihar and 15 in West Bengal
GAP-II It was started in stages between 1993 and 1996: implementation finally commenced on April 1, 2001
Ganga got the National River status in 2008-09
Government set up National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) in February, 2009 as a planning, financing, monitoring and coordinating body of the Centre and the states.
At Varanasi, the Ganga is little more than a cocktail of groundwater & sewage discharge. Houses and parks on the banks have reduced its width by almost half.
Ganga project was conceived, initiated and planned during the year 1986. “At what stage is Ganga” is well articulated by Manjari Mishra in TOI news report dated 15 May 2014.
Modis dream can he take off? No such plan could be a success-without people’s participation.
Population is exploding and the people are becoming less and less, sensitive towards “National Cause’. Can NAMO articulate effectively and forcefully measure towards population control and the importance of being ‘Responsible Citizen’ ftEesnkj ukxfjd. If his rhetoric’s of “Nation First” was a reality as a Statesman Leader.
Otherwise like a normal politician whose aim was to win election.