New Delhi: Union Minister for River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that River Ganga will be 80 per cent clean by March 2019 and a 100 per cent clean by March 2020.

The river Ganga will be 70-80 per cent clean by March next year and 100 per cent clean by March 2020, union minister for water resources Nitin Gadkari has claimed. While speaking at the book launch ‘India Inspires: Redefining the Politics of Deliverance’, Gadkari said, “By the end of March, 70-80 per cent of the Ganga will be cleaned, and my feeling is that by March 2020, the river will be 100 per cent clean.”

Gadkari laid the foundation stone for 11 projects for Yamuna rejuvenation under the Namami Gange programme to conserve the 22-km stretch of the river in the national capital. The government has been focusing on cleaning the Yamuna, which is Ganga’s second largest tributary and discharges filth into it for the clean-up efforts ahead of the 2019 elections.

But Gadkari has expressed confidence in achieving the target. Nearly Rs 26,000 crore is being spent on cleaning up the holy river that’s highly polluted now. “The mandate for cleaning the tributaries of the Ganga was taken up with the launch of Namami Gange programme. With these projects, the sewage water falling into river Yamuna will be stopped,”
he added.

Gadkari in his speech added that apart from Delhi, interventions for Yamuna cleaning are also being made in Haryana (Panipat and Sonepat) and Uttar Pradesh (Mathura-Vrindavan). “A sewage treatment plant project of 180 million litres per day (MLD) has also been approved in Agra,” he said.

“Our ministry has collaborated with Clean Ganga Mission on issues like a high-resolution survey of Ganga and real water quality monitoring to clean the river,” he said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan were also present to lay the foundation stones. Harsh Vardhan said the 1,365-km long Yamuna, covering 22 km in Delhi (from Okhla barrage to Wazirabad) is responsible for 80 per cent of the pollution in the river. He also urged that a people’s movement is required to rejuvenate Ganga.