Ganga is not just a river of spirits and purity; it is also known for its habitats and support of 43% of the Indian population. While rinsing our sins and making our spirits pure, Ganga itself get polluted and has become one of the most polluted rivers in the world. “Namami Gange” is an integrated conservation mission launched in 2014 to reduce the pollution of the Ganga basin with comprehensive planning and management.
According to National Green Tribunal, Ganga’s water has become unfit for drinking and bathing. Many authorities warn people from time to time of serious health issues due to contamination of Ganga-Water. Most of the Ganga pollution is due to five states on the river’s main stem- Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, and Bengal.
Agricultural run-off, animal washing and their carcasses, crematoria ceremony, Floral offerings, plastic waste, and open defecation along the river are some main reasons for the contamination of the water. These pollutants also offer the best environment for the incubation of many diseases like Cholera, Typhoid, Dysentery, and several skin diseases.
“Namami Gange” program seeks to tackle all these problems with the collaboration of both central and state governments. The project is being headed by National Ganga Council for directing the rejuvenation project. The management of Namami Gange is standing on pillars like-
- Creating capacity for sewage treatment across the basin.
- Development of modern Ghats
- Conservation of river biodiversity and afforestation across the basin.
- Encourage and aware people to keep Ganga clean
However, these are fruitless without the support of each individual. We owe to our responsibility of not just making ourselves pure but Our Holy River too.
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