Most of the professionals of the Union Minister of Water Resources are debating in the recent meeting for the river Ganga whether Ganga can be cleaned by 2020. Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari said, “About 70-80% of the river Ganga will be cleaned as he reviewed the Namami Gange project work with officials and contractors belonging to Bihar, chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and West Bengal. However, this project is an integrated conservation mission with a budget outlay of Rs. 20,000 crore to accomplish the objectives of effective abatement of pollution of the river Ganga as well as conservation and rejuvenation of Ganga.

Project Planning

The Indian government is also trying to ensure that during the upcoming Kumbh Mela in January 2019, people or the devotees get a clean river, as the task force for this project will be trained by the Ministry of Defence called the Ganga Task Force that will not only help the administration in controlling the crowd, pollution, safety but also stop people or industries from polluting the river Ganga. In addition, this project has been approved by the Cabinet under the public participation component of the Namami Gange Programme in which, a battalion of 300 personnel has already been trained and stationed in Allahabad. According to the media reports, plans for this project are afoot to expand it to 500 and post them in Kanpur and Varanasi.

Project Implementation

The bill says that any offence under this upcoming Act will be non-bailable and the long list of offences and penalties punishable under the draft bill. Moreover, some other offences include stone quarrying, commercial fishing without permission, deforesting hill slopes or other sensitive areas, withdrawing groundwater for organized consumption through tube wells or industrial needs, among many others. Notably, these offences are punishable with imprisonment up to two years or fine of up to Rs 50,000 or both.