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River Ganga more polluted than before, alleges Congress

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New Delhi | The Congress Party on Friday alleged that the river Ganga is more polluted compared to 2014 as so was stated in an RTI response.

Addressing a press conference, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “PM Modi on 3rd December 2013 said, “…those who cannot care for Ganga, cannot care for the nation.” However, Singhvi added that out of 221 projects of Namami Ganga projects only 1/4th of the projects are completed.

Questioning the Narendra Modi government Singhvi said, “Cleaning River Ganga was one of the major poll promises of PM Modi for 2014 Lok Sabha elections. But going by the government’s own status report, it looks like this was another ‘jumla’, added Singhvi. Stating a 2016-17 CAG report, the Congress leader said, “The level of pollutants in the river across UP, Bihar & Bengal was 6 to 334 times higher than the prescribed levels.”

“₹22,238.73 crore funds were allocated to multiple projects in cleaning River Ganga. But out of 221, only 58 projects are completed,” added the Congress leader.

The Congress party further asked that in 2018, Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari set March 2019 as the new deadline to clean river Ganga & ensure a 70 to 80% improvement in water quality. How can the govt achieve this miracle in the next 6-7 months?

Raising a concern on the situation of river Ganges during 2019 Kumbh Mela, the Congress party said that around 6 times the Prime Minister himself promised to improve the situation of Ganges. CAG, National Green Tribunal, and Supreme Court express anguish over pollution. The Congress Party further challenged the Modi government to counter what Congress President Rahul Gandhi said about Doklam during his address in International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.

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