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Interlinking Rivers Project

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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Rs 1700 cr down the drain; Ganga, Yamuna dirtiest</b>
Pioneer News Service | New Delhi
Two of India’s most sacred rivers remain the most dirty too, decades-long efforts to clean them up notwithstanding.

After almost 25 years of consistently promising clean Ganga and Yamuna rivers, the Government finally admitted failure in the Lok Sabha on Friday.<b> It said the two rivers were no cleaner than what they were when the drive began. And this, after spending Rs 1700 crore on the projects!</b>

<b>Replying to a calling attention motion by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath on checking pollution in rivers and lakes in India, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said, “The question is whether the quality of Ganga and Yamuna has improved. I can always give you figures to prove that it has. We can always find a stretch or two where we can test the water and give you numbers to prove that the water quality has indeed improved. But I myself don’t believe the numbers. Because the true test for the layman is: Do the rivers look cleaner than what they used to 20 years back? I admit with full responsibility that Ganga and Yamuna are no cleaner than what they were 20 years back.”</b>

He said a “determined and renewed effort” was required to cleanse these major rivers. The Minister said that the Ganga Action Plan (GAP) was started in 1985, with Rs 817 crore being spent on GAP Phases I and II. Similarly, the Yamuna Action Plan (YAP) was started in 1996, with Rs 680 crore spent in Phase I. The second phase began in December 2004 with a sanction of Rs 624 crore, of which Rs 190 crore have been spent so far.

<b>Ramesh said that the main problem was the sewage treatment plants (STPs), which never functioned to their full capacity. "STPs have not run to their full capacity because of the inability of municipal authorities to operate and maintain them properly.</b>" He said that the Ministry has prepared a proposal and gone before the 13th Finance Commission that for the next five years the full cost of operation and maintenance of STPs would be borne by the Centre. "We have to go from a 'town approach' to a 'basin-based approach'. <b>We will go from a sewage treatment plant approach to sewage reuse approach, which would also have measures like afforestation along the river banks.</b>"

Referring to the National Ganga River Basin Authority, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said the global tender for project consultants to prepare a basin management plan has attracted 30 bids and the selection would be finalised in the next two months.
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they will waste another 1700 crores, inplace of using IAS officers drainage hole, give this to private organisation, they will do better job. Just keep these project out of filthy IAS Cadre.
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