Mumbai: Union minister for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari claimed that highly-polluted river Ganga will be 70-80 per cent clean by March 2019. By 2020, this river will be 100 per cent cleaned, said Gadkari. “The work is on. It is a difficult task but we are working hard to achieve it,” said Gadkari at IMC event on ‘Development of Infrastructure and Ganga Rejuvenation’. “By March 2019, Ganga will be cleaned by 70-80 per cent. By March 2020, it will be completed.”
Without divulging much, he said that after Ganga, he will shift his attention to Mithi. “It is high time, we need to start caring for our rivers and water bodies. The highest number of illness in India is spread through air and water.” In case of Ganga, there are a total of 250 projects that are taking place in Ganga and its tributaries. He added, “Out of that, 60 projects are completed. There are around 140 projects that are in tendering process.”
The ministry is planning to finish awarding all the projects by Dec 2018. He stressed the need to curb pollution caused by 10 cities which is causing 70 pc of pollution. Gadkari made it a point to talk about delay of projects in such cases. “I cannot wait for government to help which is why hybrid model was developed to attract private players.” Explaining further he said that projects such as these need a lot of attention which includes maintenance, upgradation and all other expenses.