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Help by villagers to clean Ganga (28th Jan 2016) : The Central government is about to conduct a meeting in coming days with the pradhans of 1657 villages along the Ganga river in order to reduce the level of pollution in Ganga. The meeting shall be held on 30th January 2016 for whole day and the participation of all the village heads shall be made available. The ministry of water resources shall share different models on water resources with the village heads under the “Ganga gram” program. The meeting shall consist of representatives of panchayats, government officials and ministers including Uma Bharti, Nitin Gadkari etc. The chief ministers of five states through which the river Ganga flows shall also be invited in the meeting. The states are Uttarakhand, Uttara Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

The program “Ganga gram” was mooted in the beginning of this month in order to reduce the pollution level in Ganga by analyzing the sewer systems connected with the river Ganga. As per the internal resources, the focus of the program shall be on the reduction of the pollution due to contamination of the river Ganga due to manmade wastes and the release of the same in the river. The village heads and the Panchayat representatives shall be shown different models to improve the associated problems related to pollution in Ganga.

In above lines, different steps have already been taken to reduce the pollution in Ganga, which is a sacred river originating from Gaumukh, Uttarakhand. In recent days, National Green tribunal (NGT) has already taken many stringent steps in order to reduce the pollution in river Ganga. NGT has issued notice to many hotels in Rishikesh and Haridwar in this regard. The camping on the banks of river Ganga has already been banned, which was considered to be a source of pollution in Ganga. One more significant order has also been put by NGT in this regard, which states a complete ban of the plastic polythene bags along the Ganga and its tributaries.

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