That was on Tuesday, September 29 that Prime Minister Modi spared some time in his otherwise hectic schedule to travel to Indian state of Uttarakhand only to unveil a total of 6 big projects with an estimated 521 crores which is an initiative under Namami Gange Mission. As a part of the show, scores sewage treatment plants were also made operational while some others were upgraded in Rishikesh as well as in some other regions.
Besides, at Chandi Ghat, in Haridwar, Ganga Museum is also set up to enlighten global audience about the initiatives launched to refine the holy river as well as to harp upon its biodiversity.
PM Modi cleaned, “In the past decades, huge initiatives were taken up to clean river Ganga but those initiatives had neither public participation nor farsightedness. As a result, the water of Ganga was never leaned”.
His words smacked of towering jubilation, ”Ganga brings prosperity to almost half of the country’s population. Therefore, non-stop flow and clean water in the river is very much needed. If the old steps were repeated then the condition would have stayed the same. But we went ahead with ‘nayi soch, naya approach’. We did not restrict it to just cleaning up Ganga, but made it the country’s largest river conservation project, ”he added.
The government program (which can be pogrom as life-threatening pollutants are the identified enemies) is based upon a four-point strategy, wherein a rich network of sewage treatment plants has to be created first which would combat entry of dirty water in the river, followed by building additional water treatment plants in the course of upcoming 10-15 years according to need of growing population.
Under Namami Gange Mission, as per government, scores of projects which around 30,000 crores have spent so far, are either completed or are still in the process of completion.
As for 3rd and 4th point, PM Modi went on to clear the air, “Further, 100 big cities and 5000 villages located along the Ganga were made open-defecation free and fourthly the tributaries of Ganga are also being cleaned up with full force”.
About next Kumb Mela, he thumped assurance that visitors would be thrilled at the crystal clear sight of Ganga river as government is working constantly towards the goal.
Besides, on the occasion, Jal Jeevan Mission’s logo and guiding factors were also given into public domain. He opined that state governments should consider this project with a serious note so as to enable every household to let easy water flow.
Seizing the occasion, his clarification drifted towards other major reforms pushed by the Centre recently, especially the law with farmers at the helm, he said, ”Several reforms, related to farmers, labourers and health, were brought during recently concluded Parliament session. These reforms will strengthen labourers, youth, women, farmers of the nation. But the nation can see how some people are opposing it just for the sake of it”.
He maintained full support for farmers that they could now sell their crops anywhere and can deal with anyone in the country but opposition smell a rat in this system too.
Pollution In Water In India:
Coming back to the issue of water pollution in India, Borge Magazine confirms that around 80%of water in this country is deeply polluted which can attributed to popular callousness, as sewage, silt and garbage, all is tossed into flow of lakes and rivers, leaving water undrinkable while people have to acknowledge the other illicit sources of water and which is pretty costly too.
As a direct consequence, around 1.5 million of kids lose the battle of life in the struggle in diarrhea and experts scare that 40% of Indians would be without any supply of clean water in coming years.
In short, water pollution issue in India seems to spiraling out of control and concerted and well-planned efforts should be taken to reverse the damage which is inflicted regularly, even as I write this article.
India’s Dirty Water Invites The Series Of Hazardous Consequences:
Everyday, wastewater in a great quantity, (say 70%) is said to be left unheeded which implies, our lakes and rivers receive around 40 million litres of wastewater, after which the very similar fluid thick with pollutants becomes our groundwater too. As such, appropriate waste management and sewage treatment is hindered and irrigation system is affected too and since the water is pumped directly from the ground, water bacteria stymie the standard c growth in crops too.
Summing up the ghastly consequence, around 38 million Indians are now suffering from numerous diseases like typhoid, cholera and hepatitis which all fall into waterborne diseases class and the past decade has witnessed the growth rate of such diseases as unchanged, clearly reflecting that no constructive steps have been taken so far to check these. Now, to treat such diseases, it hits the pockets hard, which is to the tune of $9 billion yearly.
Now, adopting an economic angle at the problem, water pollution is not only threatening to health of commoners and eliminates essential nutrients in food, but experts worry that such is also the major cause of economic stagnation and pulls the rising graph of our GDP every year. Not surprisingly, GDP growth gets affected drastically when waterbodies in a given land contains large number of pollutants and likewise, even the revenues from agriculture slows down (say by 9%) in places where there is a heavy industrial presence too.
Further, environment degradation also causes India to shell out an additional and whopping $80 billion every year, not to refer to water pollution.