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Namami Gange: A River Reborn

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Last year the United Nations listed PM Modi’s pet project, Namami Gange, as one of the world’s 10 successful initiatives to restore the natural world. This accolade underscores the project’s global impact in cleaning up the Ganga River and sets the stage for a transformative approach to environmental restoration. While detractors are still crying about how the Gange is still not completely pure, they probably do not understand the difference in its water quality and the successful restoration of its marine ecosystem. Let’s uncover the depth and breadth of Namami Gange! 

Five Pillars of Success in Namami Gange 

UN ranks 'Namami Gange' among Top 10 World Restoration Flagship programmes | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
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At the core of Namami Gange’s success are its five pillars – Nirmal Ganga, Aviral Ganga, Jan Ganga, Gyan Ganga, and Arth Ganga. These pillars form a holistic framework that addresses pollution and integrates knowledge-based interventions. Moreover, these project pillars promote economic growth and community engagement while ensuring free-flowing shudh jal of Ma Ganga.

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  1. Nirmal Gange – the waters of Ma Ganage should flow free of pollutants.
  2. Aviral Ganga – the flow of water in river Gnage should be unrestricted and free-flowing.
  3. Jan Ganga – the people within 5 km of the banks of the Ganga should be encouraged to participate and connect with the project of cleaning the River Ganga.
  4. Gyan Ganga – establish a network of research-backed knowledge systems that work as intervention machinery to stop the pollution of Ma Ganga.
  5. Arth Ganage – secure economic growth of the communities engaged in the Namami Gange program.

Positive Impact on Ma Ganga’s Water Quality 

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PM Modi and government’s efforts have resulted in a remarkable improvement in the water quality of the Ganges River.

Experts claim that water from the point of origin to Rishikesh is pure to drink without filtration. The project’s comprehensive approach has led to the rehabilitation of previously heavily polluted sections.

Marine ecosystems that were suffocating due to pollution have been established. This has contributed to the resurgence of endangered aquatic species such as Gangetic Dolphins, Gharials, and Turtles. Reports claim that over 9.3 million Indian Major Carp and 90,000 Hilsa fish were reintroduced into the Ganga Basin. Ma Ganga is thriving again thanks to Namami Gange!

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Governance Structure Driving Change in Ganga Restoration

NMCG organised three-day virtual 'Ganga Utsav 2020'; Chacha Chaudhary Named as Brand Ambassador of Namami Gange

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), operating under a five-tiered governance structure, spearheads the comprehensive execution of Namami Gange. The emphasis on Arth Ganga within this structure stimulates economic growth, advances livelihoods, and fosters community involvement in the river basin.

District Ganga Committees (DGCs) are pivotal to the execution of Arth Ganga interventions. The launch of DGC 4M, facilitating regular meetings to address critical issues, exemplifies the mission’s proactive approach. Between April 2022 and July 2023, an impressive 1,689 meetings have taken place, showcasing the commitment to driving positive change.

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Youth Engagement and Awareness Initiatives 

NMCG signs agreement with 49 Universities to inspire youth toward water conservation
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The Ganga Restoration project actively engages the youth through a network of universities. The “Namami Gange: Universities Connect” initiative. This is part of a MoU of April 2023, which signifies a shift towards public participation-centric solutions. It includes a year-long webinar series, “Igniting Young Minds, Rejuvenating Rivers.”

River-Cities Alliance is another innovative initiative that facilitates collaboration among Indian river cities. It aims to establish a sustainable urban river management system. NMCG actively taps into the expertise of organizations like GIZ, planning a river basin management unit in collaboration with international experts.

Global Recognition and Future Outlook

National Mission for Clean Ganga | NMCG

Namami Gange’s recognition by the United Nations reflects global recognition of this successful environmental restoration. The project has made significant strides in revitalizing the Ma Ganga. However, the end goal is yet a few yards away! While the project stands as a testament to the dedicated effort of the PM Modi government’s commitment to the world, the project still has many milestones to achieve to fully restore the holy river of Ganga to its former glory.

The detractors of PM Modi focus only on areas of slow rate of success. They are even condemning the recognition of the UN! However, they probably did not recognize the amount of pollution and waste that was sunk into the Ganga every year. They did not realize that transforming the Papon ki Ganga into Ma Ganga was a mammoth task itself! Moreover, they probably cannot digest that 100% successful cleansing of Ma Ganga is within sight. The resurgence of marine wildlife shows that the river is healing. The continued effort of the local systems and the government shall achieve the impossible soon. May Ma Ganga flow completely unhindered and unpolluted in Bharat soon! Let Ma Ganga Be Reborn – Rejuvenated and Resplendent!

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