Stop the Sewage in the Ganga
  • Petitioned Akhilesh Yadav

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Akhilesh Yadav, Chief Minister, UP
Akhilesh Yadav

Stop the Sewage in the Ganga

    1. Petition by

      Clean Ganga Now

Every day 8250 million litres of sewage flows into the Ganga river and it's tributaries -- yet only a fraction of it is treated. Despite government commitments  to clean the river in the Ganga Action Plan, Mission Clean Ganga and the National Ganga River Basin Authority, sewage continues to pour into the national river.

Dozens of sewage treatment plants have been constructed, but they fail to capture all the sewage, remove harmful bacteria, and numerous electricity blackouts mean the power plants are often out of operation. We need a model city to demonstrate an effective solution that can be replicated.

The government has already expended over Rs.3000 crore over 20 years implementing ineffective systems while hundreds of thousands of people have contracted diseases from the  polluted water. We can not let poor planning for the Indian condition continue to destroy our river on which hundreds of millions depend.

The solution is simple and it exists. What holds it back is inaction at all levels.

The central government has already given approval in 2008 for such an effective and innovative solution in Varanasi. All that is needed is for the work to begin.

Varanasi, one of the most popular yet polluted cities on the Ganga is in Uttar Pradesh where the new Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has recently won a  massive majority. If the new Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh decides that this is a priority for the State, he can coordinate with the central government and begin work to clean the river.

Akhilesh generated hope with his mantra "Umeed ki cycle" and is keen to leave his mark espousing that he wants to listen to the people. Let's make sure he listens to the first demand from his public loud and clear on World Water Day - March 22 2012.

Please sign this petition to ask the new chief minister to do what all UP leaders have failed to do before him -- to clean the Ganga and begin by getting the solution right in Varanasi.

Thanks

PS. Please also forward this petition to at least 10 friends and family members so we can get at least 10,000 people to sign!

 

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[1] Comptroller & Auditor General report (2000) http://www.cag.gov.in/reports/scientific/2000_book2/gangaactionplan.htm

[2] Central Pollution Control Board report (2001) http://www.cpcb.nic.in/newitems/8.pdf

[3] Hamner, S., Tripathi, A., Mishra, R.K, Bouskill, N., Broadaway, S.C, Pyle, B.H, Ford, T.E. (2006). The role of water use patterns and sewage pollution in incidence of water-borne/enteric diseases along the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. International Journal of Environmental Health Research April 2006; 16(2): 113 – 132.

[4] Performance Audit of Water Pollution in India, Comptroller and Auditor General of India, 2011 http://saiindia.gov.in/english/home/Our_Products/Audit_Report/Government_Wise/union_audit/recent_reports/union_performance/2011_2012/Civil_%20Performance_Audits/Reort_21/Chap_2.pdf

[5] Law Commission of India, 186th Report on Proposal to Constitute Environment Courts, September 2003 http://lawcommissionofindia.nic.in/reports/186th%20report.pdf

 

 

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    • Jitendra Desai SURAT, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      It is the holiest of rivers for Hindus.

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    • SHYAMSUNDAR N GHAZIABAD, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Rivers are a major source of clean drinking water .

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    • Rajnish Sharma CHANDIGARH, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Recently I visited Mathura Vrindavan and Agra and see the plight of Yamuna Ji. If some concrete steps are not taken, Ganga Ji would be just like Yamuna Ji, which is just like a big drain.

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    • KOMAL TOMAR JAIPUR-302033, RAJASTHAN, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      because i want clean GANGA....

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    • chandan gautam VELLORE, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      i want safe nature and its creature

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