New Delhi: India’s Supreme Court recently asked the government for its plans to clean up India’s largest river, Ganga, that in sections are so polluted that it’s water is toxic. In a reply to the court, India’s Water Resources Minister, Uma Bharti, said the river would be free from most of its pollution within three years.
Under the Ganga Rejuvenation Programme initiated by the Modi government, she said: “We will ensure that within a period of three years Ganga is free from most of its pollution and at least one stream of Ganga flows uninterrupted.”
She also announced year 2015-16 as “water conservation year”.
“A public movement will launched throughout the country for this purpose and at least one official of the Union Water Resources Ministry will be present in every district of the country during this period,” said the minister.
She said cooperation of State governments, NGOs, civil society, youth and retired personnel will be taken in this task.
The minister said a public movement has become a necessity for conservation of water and rivers in the country.
She also confirmed that her government was committed to the inter-linking of rivers as it will ensure equitable distribution of river water in the country and reiterated that her government proposed to fulfil this task within ten years.