India Germany collaboration on Cleaning Ganga

Q.  The Ganga River Cleaning program has been collaborating with Germany. Germany has been known for cleaning which of its river?
- Published on 18 Apr 16

a. Danube
b. Rur
c. Rhine
d. All of the above

    Germany’s example of cleaning up of its river Rhine will be replicated for the Ganga.
  • The MoWR signed an agreement with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) of Germany to help with cleaning the Ganga. The ‘Namami Ganga’ is a flagship Rs. 30,000-crore programme of the NDA government to clean the Ganga and restore its flows by 2020.
  • The way to do this, according to the government, is to have public sector undertakings develop 52 sewage treatment and effluent treatment plants (STPs) and cleaning up a number of ghats, besides using skimmers at 11 places to take muck out of the river stream.
  • Germany, that will contribute Rs. 22.2 crore to the endeavor, will provide technical consultancy to deal with industrial effluents in Uttarakhand, before they empty out into the river.
  • Germany’s ultimate goal is to bring back ‘Mother Ganga’ in India to its pristine condition as it has been done successfully for ‘Father Rhine’ in Germany.

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