The holy city of Varanasi may be the oldest and most congested city in the country, but it is taking baby steps to ensure that it has a better and greener tomorrow. Home to rich cultural heritage and celebrated history, Varanasi is leading the country in dealing with waste management better.

Varanasi is all set to become the first city in India to disallow discharge of pollutants into the holy river Ganga, which also happens to be one of the most worshipped rivers in India. This development has been possible due to the initiatives taken under Namami Gange Project. This project by the Modi government aims to make Ganga completely clean by the year 2020.

The project intends to raise the sewage treatment capacity of Varanasi to 400 million litres per day by July this year which is a mammoth development. What makes it even better is that apart from focusing on the sewage treatment, the ghats and other infrastructure will also receive attention from the government. All of this together will ensure that not only the Ganga but the entire city gets cleaner – every traveller’s dream.

An upcoming development also includes establishing a sewage treatment plant with the capacity of 50 MLD at Rammana. This plant will process the polluted water coming in from one of the most visited – the Assi river, which unfortunately is a major source of pollution in the Ganga. The plant is again a part of Namami Gange Project.

In addition to Varanasi, the government is planning to launch a cleaning drive in 94 different ghats in four other cities of Uttar Pradesh such as Kanpur, Prayagraj, Bithoor and Mathura-Vrindavan. The Modi government had launched the Namami Gange programme in June 2014 with a budget of Rs. 20,000 crore to accomplish the objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of the Ganges.