“Ganga Manthan” meeting on clean Ganga underway

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Union minister for Tourism and Culture Sripada Naik, minister for Road Transport and Shippng Nitin Gadkari, minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti, several government bodies, NGOs, Sadhus from Varanasi etc, are participating in the day long extraordinary meeting on the way forward for Ganga cleaning project. Titled “Ganga Manthan,” the meeting is underway at the Vignan Bhavan. Four topics are being discussed in the meeting – Ganga & Sanskriti, Public Participation for Ganga, Aviral & Nirmal Ganga, COmprehensive & Sustainable Solutions.

Minister for Tourism, Shripada Naik has said that he is proposing a tourism corridor on the river banks from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar. He has also said that there are proposals to introduce “Shikara” modeled on Kashmir on Ganga banks too. Transport minister Gadkari proposed dredging Ganga making it 45 meters wide and five meters depth to allow navigation of small ships between Varanasi and Hoogly.

Entrusted with the clean Ganga project, minister Uma Bharti said, “We will work with full sincerity on the outcome of this dialogue. We have had series of discussions with various stakeholders on the issue and will soon arrive on some positive outcome”. She has also said that a Committee of Secretaries working on preparing a blue print for the mission will submit their recommendations by mid-July.

Meanwhile, Jairam Ramesh, senior congress leader has said that the “Clean Ganga” project is being handled like a right wing religious project by the ruling BJP party and termed it entirely wrong. The project should be treated like a national project and any coloring of it reduces the importance of it, he said.

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