'Cleaning Ganga is not easy'

'Cleaning Ganga is not easy'

Cleaning the Ganga has been an aim of the government since the late 1980s.  However, it has only become more unclean or at least only minutely clean over the years despite hundreds of crores have been spent.  But, if what  Dr. Jasper Wieck, Chargé d’Affaires of the German Embassy in India, is saying is to be taken as a comforting statement, India is not really doing a bad job on cleaning the long river.  

"It took us 30 years and 45 billion euros to clean Rhine river. Length of Ganga is double its length, so this can give you an essence about problems India is facing in cleaning Ganga," the diplomat has said.  This statement has become quite popular in the past 24 hours.

Germany will give India a soft loan of Rs. 1,000 crore for sewage water treatment infrastructure, a report says.  "The project will work towards reducing the inflow of untreated waste water in Ganga, thereby improving the water quality of the river," the diplomat said.