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India signs agreement with World Bank to clean Ganga

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  1. Hembo

    Hembo OLD MOD STAR MEMBER

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    India signs agreement with World Bank to clean Ganga
    Indo-Asian News Service
    New Delhi, June 14, 2011

    India on Tuesday signed an agreement under which the World Bank will provide $1 billion to supplement the government's efforts to clean up the Ganga, the pact ironically coming a day after the death of Swami Nigamanand who had been fasting for two-and-a-half months to save the river from pollution.

    The agreement also seeks to strengthen rural livelihood and conserve biodiversity.

    Environment and forest minister Jairam Ramesh, while signing the agreement said: "The objective of the Ganga project is that by 2020 no municipal sewage and industrial effluent will be let into the river without treatment. With help from the World bank, we are taking a big step forward in achieving this mission".

    According to the minister, a collaborative body of the central and state governments, the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) will implement the National Ganga River Basin Project with the assistance of the World Bank.

    The project will focus on building and strengthening the NGRBA’s related institutions at the central and state levels, establishing a world-class Ganga Knowledge Centre, enhancing river basin management and financing select investments to reduce point-source pollution in a sustainable manner, the minister said.

    “Today, only about one-third of the sewage generated by the towns and cities on the mainstream of the river is treated and a significant volume of untreated or inadequately treated industrial effluents is also discharged into the Ganga,â€￾ Ramesh said.

    Of the project cost of Rs.7,000 crore ($1.5 billion), the Indian government's share will be Rs.5,100 crore and that of five state governments - Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal - will be Rs. 1,900 crore.

    The World Bank will support India by providing technical assistance and financing of $1 billion.

    A 34-year-old ascetic, Swami Nigamanand, died in Dehradun on Monday after fasting to save the Ganga from pollution.

    "The saint was fasting for the Ganga since the last many days. He laid down his life for the Ganga. I pay my tribute to Swami Nigamananda," Ramdev told reporters.
     
  2. Capt.Popeye

    Capt.Popeye Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    The irony of it all!! A man dies for a cause, unknown in one corner of the world. Then the powers-that-be wake up to the issue and take some action (probably not even as a consequence of the death).

    p.s. the last sentence in the report above has an obvious typo. Ramesh seems to want to pay homage to the activist. Ramdev probably does not even know about the 'life and death' of Nigamanand.
     
  3. Mr.Ryu

    Mr.Ryu Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Too Little Too Late, Better now than never, We have to console our self for the loss, Govt must have done this long time back now see the price we have to pay,

    First Govt must respect the soul who gave his life fighting the first thing to do is NAME a area or part in GANGA under Nigamanand, At least a statue in the area.
     
  4. Capt.Popeye

    Capt.Popeye Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    See all this naming and Statue business is all simply symbolism. Which we Indians have become "masters" of. And if you see it very objectively, pure humbug. Let the Ganga be cleaned up at last, let the banks of the Ganga be preserved from illegal quarrying and illegitimate sand dredging. That is good enough.

    There is a district named after Gautam Buddha and B.R. Ambedkar, not to mention thousands of their statues. Has that made even an iota of difference to common citizens?
    There is a railway station in Bombay re-named after Shivaji, a fly-over named after Prabodhankar Thakre (now some-body will ask who was that?) and the ultimate stupidity: a park named after Sanjay Gandhi. Have any of that contributed to improving the quality of life of the Bombay citizens?
     
  5. JanjaWeed

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    India Aims $1 Billion at Sacred but Filthy Ganges

    NEW DELHI — Indian officials signed an agreement with the World Bank on Tuesday to use a $1 billion loan to finance the first major new effort in more than 20 years to cleanse the revered Ganges, one of the world’s dirtiest rivers.

    One-third of India’s 1.2 billion people live along the banks of the 1,560-mile-long river, many of them relying on it for drinking, cooking and washing. Millions more visit for ritual baths to cleanse themselves of sin. But untreated sewage, agricultural runoff and industrial waste have fouled its waters for decades, and hydroelectric projects and dams threaten to choke off its waters in spots.

    On Tuesday, a religious leader on a hunger strike over the effect of illegal mining on the state of the river, Swami Nigamanand, died after spending weeks in a coma..

    The long-awaited loan is part of a government project that aims to halt the discharge of untreated wastewater into the river by 2020. The project, founded in 2009, replaced the 1986 Ganga Action Plan, the last large-scale attempt to address the pollution. That initiative was able to introduce waste water treatment in certain areas, it failed to halt raw waste disposal into the Ganges. Critics said it was inadequately financed and poorly managed.

    Indian officials and representatives of the World Bank said Tuesday that they hoped the new project would be more successful. They cited the greater amount of money being invested, the broader focus on regional environmental health and a planned public education campaign.

    “What we’re trying to do is take a step back and not look at just one sector — waste water — but take a larger sectoral approach,†said Genevieve Connors, a water resources specialist for the World Bank who is involved in the project.

    But she noted that the task of cleaning a river was enormous, saying it “takes decades and costs hundreds of billions of dollars.â€

    Indian officials acknowledge that the Ganges is just one of many rivers that present public health problems. “Most of India’s rivers have become sewers,†said the environment minister, Jairam Ramesh. “We have to now really bring water into rivers.â€

    Japan helped to finance a cleanup project in the Yamuna River, the largest tributary to the Ganges, in 1993. But that project has largely failed to make a dent in the river’s pollution.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/world/asia/15ganges.html?ref=asia
     
  6. Kronus

    Kronus Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

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    Re: India Aims $1 Billion at Sacred but Filthy Ganges

    Why just Ganges, i think the project must extend to all major rivers of India, especially in North India. River Yamuna is equally filthy and it happens to be in the Capital as well!
     
  7. Mr.Ryu

    Mr.Ryu Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    @Capt.Popeye

    Bro i think you got it wrong its the exact question in my mind too first

    By naming or rising statue, it will no way stop AGENCIES from preventing quarrying or dredging.

    Has that made any inconvenience to common citizens as well ?

    If our political party can keep all this name why cant the name of a real hero who died fighting, dont forget because of him now the river will be cleaned.

    So your got it wrong. Naming and rising statue is not to improve QUALITY or Help common citizen, But as a RESPECT and ACKNOWLEDGEMENT to those who fought for it, I cant get right words but hope you got it.
     
  8. Star Wars

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    RIP Swami Nigamanand .... You faught and died as a silent hero :( , my tribute goes to him any many other who died silently for a cause...

    Finally.... we need to clean up all the other rivers too....
     
  9. Capt.Popeye

    Capt.Popeye Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I understand and appreciate your sentiments. But there are far better ways to remember people and their activities. If people remember a person (in this case Swami Nigamanand) just say his name and work to continue his cause that will be the greatest tribute.

    Now about the statue business, every statue costs money to build; taking as an example all the money spent to erect those statues that "Behan Mayawati" (aka Dalit ki Beti)was instead utilised to make village schools (named for B.R. Ambedkar or at the worst case, for Mayawati's grandfather); how many schools would that be. We Indians love to put things into statues, be it our heroes or our gods!
     
  10. Mr.Ryu

    Mr.Ryu Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I understand and appreciate your sentiments. That's all i need mate after all we are in democracy and you can have your own opinion, And i dont agree with you comparing all this POLITICIANS with real persons who fought willingly without excepting any thing in return and finally die for the cause.

    And i see B.R. Ambedkar as a great soul ever lived during our century he has done great work's and his fight against untouchable is remarkable, I SEE NO OFFENSE IN USING HIS NAME/STATUE as a mark of RESPECT to him and dont forget he was the first well spoken person against partition of INDIA if i am not wrong.

    Every thing can not be equated with MONITORY benefit or loss we need to stand for MORAL BELIEF
     
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