The bitter truth is that the holiness of Ganga is not sacred anymore. The river has become a pollution hub because it is the endpoint of all the sewage and industrial waste of the cities. Besides this, thousands of animal carcasses and hundreds of human corpses are thrown into the river every day.
Many efforts to clean up the holy Ganga were undertaken during the last decades, but no plan could make the difference on a large scale.
The pollution of the Ganga is a severe health hazard, in particular for those who bathe in the river and drink its water.
Keeping this burning issue in mind, in 2014, PM Narendra Modi had proposed a $3 billion project to clean up Ganga in five years. According to the recent reports, this plan is badly behind schedule, and the contaminated waste has amplified further.
The NMCG (National Misson For Clean Ganga) officials have highlighted that the poor administration by the Government had led to this chaos. They stated,
Much of the money allocated to the project, a flagship initiative for Modi’s government, remains unspent. A 2018 deadline to clean the river is “impossible”, one NMCG official said. If we want to meet the 2018 deadline, we should have commissioned plants to treat half the sewage already.
Recently, NMCG officials had a meeting with Modi’s top aide, where they emphasized that over three-quarters of the sewage generated in the towns and cities of India’s crowded northern plains flows untreated into the 2,525-km Ganga.
After the meeting, NMCG has positive hopes from the PM. They said, “Modi has decided to take personal control. “
Also, Modi’s principal secretary, Nripendra Misra, has met NMCG officials almost monthly since November, demanding to see updates on the project’s progress.
Also, Modi’s new chief minister, Yogi Adityanath, a Hindu priest, has long campaigned for cleaning Ganga. Last week, he inspected a riverfront development along a Ganga tributary, calling for work to be accelerated.
Well, all we hope that Ganga gets its soul back.