Namami Gange: Clean Ganga Mission
Namami Gange Project has its first meet today. A project to clean the most worshipped river of India, Ganga.
The most sacred river of Hindus upholds the religious, cultural ethnicity of India. A few of us call address it as the ‘most sacred’ river where others address it as the ‘most populated’ river.
Why is Ganga such an important river?
It is the main reason for existence for many people and has been used for irrigation from ancient times. The banks of river ‘Ganga’ was the provincial capital for many kingdoms in India. Ganga is worshipped as goddess Ganga who incarnated as Ganges. Ganga is the embodiment of all sacred waters and rivers in Hindu mythology. Ganga has been a symbol of India’s age-long culture and civilization, ever-changing, ever-flowing, and yet the same sacred Ganga.
Many Hindus believe that a dip in river Ganga can get you rid of all the sins committed in life. It is a belief for the purification of soul. A place to find Moksha for many Hindus.
One-third of deaths can be attributed to water-borne diseases. Pollution has brought a major change in the health of people. It affects life of wild animals and marine animals. Ganga was ranked the fifth most polluted river in the world in 2007 and still remains one of the most polluted rivers in the world affecting over 400 million people who live close to the river.
What have we done so far to clean?
Many plans has been taken to clean Ganga. Back in 1986, Ganga Action Plan came into existence. Later National River Ganga Basin Authority in 2009 and many more such plans which focused on building factories far from Ganga and preventing dumping untreated waste directly into the river.
The plans haven’t been successful due to lack of technical expertise, poor planning and of course an added common tag of corruption
What is Namami Gange?
Namami Gange is PM Narendra Modi’s pet project which was announced in July 2014 with the allocation of INR2, 037 crore will have its first meet today.
Earlier plans had town-centric approach which focused mostly upon famous towns but Namami Ganga, Mission Clean Ganga builds on lessons from the past, and will look at the entire Gangetic basin while planning and prioritizing investment. The idea looks promising. We hope to see plan in action soon.
The government has approved to set up “Clean Ganga Fund,” which will accept voluntary contributions from residents, non-resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin towards cleaning of the river Ganga.Many counties have offered financial and technical support for Namami Gange project. The process might take at least 18 years to be completed as it covers almost the entire part of northern India and stretches from Uttarakhand in northwest to West Bengal in eastern India.
Natural resources are the greatest assets to any Nation and for a country like India Natural resources adds strength and ethnicity. Negligence to an extent has brought this to such a stage where rectifying the mistake might cost a lost but it’s never too late to start something good. Maybe its time to treat the natural resources with the respect they deserve. Maybe it’s time to make a better India.
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