Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari has assured that all the on-going Namami Gange projects will be completed by March 2020. Addressing an event on Clean Ganga Movement in New Delhi today, he said, he is working hard to fulfill the Prime Minister’s dream of clean and uninterrupted flow of Ganga water.
He said, Rs 27,000 crore have been sanctioned for Ganga works in the last four and a half years, against just Rs 4000 crore in the last 50 years. 276 projects have been sanctioned so far, out of which 82 have been completed. Work has also begun on 40 Ganga tributaries and major drains, which will be essential for complete cleaning of the river. He said, 70 ghats out of 145 have been completed and work on 53 mukti dhams is also towards completion.
Presiding over the function Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, Clean Ganga Mission has always been at the top of the government’s priority since the beginning. This has resulted in a successful Kumbh, where people complimented the government for cleaner flow of Ganga water.
He said, Ganga is the symbol of our history, culture and civilization and it is also the lifeline for thousands of fishermen, boatmen and other people living on its banks. He emphasized upon the change in the country’s character, which is evident from achieving 98% target in rural sanitation as against 38% till 2014. He contributed Rs. one lakh in Clean Ganga Fund (CGF) on the occasion.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, ONGC is already involved in Namami Gange project at Gangotri with the help of Uttarakhand Govt.