80% of Ganga to be cleaned before March 2019: Union Minister Gadkari

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Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, on October 23 said that the work for cleaning and rejuvenation of River Ganga is ongoing and 70-80 percent of the work will be completed before March 2019.

The union minister reportedly said, “The construction of ghats and crematoriums is also ongoing and by March end, this task will be completed. Namami Gange programme is very successful and by March 2019, 70-80 percent work will be done and the rest will be finished by March 2020.”

Gadkari reviewed the Namami Gange project work with officials and contractors belonging to Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Senior officials of National Mission for Clean Ganga were also present during the meeting.

“The review was related to the projects ongoing alongside River Ganga and its tributaries. At some places, there are issues concerning defense, railways, electric lines and National Highways Authority of India road projects,” Gadkari said.

Gadkari further added, “A lot of improvement is evident, but there is no satisfaction as all projects are not completed. We are constructing Sewerage Treatment Plants. Once that is done, the drainage from houses will not go into the river. We have allotted funds to state governments and municipal corporations to do house connections.”