70 per cent Ganga will be clean by March 2019: Nitin Gadkari's big promise
Speaking at the Panchayat Aaj Tak on four years of Modi government, Union River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari claimed that the government will ensure that 70 per cent of the Ganga will be clean by March 2019.
"This is my challenge. If it is not done, you can run a breaking news that I have failed," he said.
The cleaning of the Ganga was one of the major poll promises of the BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Gadkari said that efforts will be made to clean the river 2019.
Under the Namami Gange programme, a total of 195 projects worth Rs 20,000 crore have been allocated. Building sewage infrastructure, ghats, crematoriums and riverfront development, river surface cleaning, institutional development, rural sanitation, are included in this project.
The Namai Gange, a national mission to clean Ganga river, is a flagship programme of the Narendra Modi government. Gadkari was made the minister in charge of water resource, river development and Ganga rejuvenation in September last year.