On the fourth day of the Parliamentary Budget Session, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti exuded confidence that River Ganga would be cleaned by July 2018.
Her response in the Lok Sabha was on a series of supplementaries during Question Hour, where she said that she would announce in the House in July 2018 that Ganga river has been cleaned and rejuvenated.
Though she added that the cleanliness of a river cannot be established in any lab where quality of packaged drinking water is established and that the return of aqua life (river dolphins, turtles and gold fish) in River Ganga would be the biggest benchmark for her ministry.
During the parliamentary session, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav also suggested that water drainage system in the cities should be reworked and it should be ensured that the water waste goes to the fields and not rivers. This, he said, would provide farmers with fertiliser and save rivers from pollution.
Taking this opportunity, Uma then quickly replied that Yadav should thus ask his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to issue no-objection certificates to two of her ministry’s projects that are currently pending in Mathura and Vrindavan.
Guess rivers can be really cleaned once the political bickering is over and everyone actually gets down to it together.