Clean Ganga

08 Aug 2014

Taking crowdsourcing from campaigning to governance, the Narendra Modi Government‘s latest initiative, the MyGov site calls for suggestions on cleaning the Ganga.

Seeking to bring about a radical change in the condition of the river, the Modi government is seeking to accumulate ideas and responses from the biggest stakeholders – the people of India through the ‘Clean Ganga’ initiative on MyGov.

Since the launch, the group has already garnered 18,000 plus members going about on 9 tasks listed- from preparing roadmaps for the Government to conducting fieldwork.


The responses of members as how to attract more tourists and as yet keep Ganga clean is tremendous. From suggesting beautification of the river sides and maintaining cleanliness during the festive days saw maximum votes to keeping commercial areas at a little distance from the river banks the members said it all. There was also suggestion of connecting MNREGA to Ganga cleanliness project where daily wage workers clean the Ghats. Also there was a suggestion to have segregation trash bins to make the tasks of the cleaners easy. There was demand from almost all the members to strictly punish those who do not follow the rules and pollute the river.

There was also a suggestion to make a single platform for people to perform religious ceremonies and put a fishing net at some distance around that platform to easily pull out the offerings thrown in the water by the people. The other suggestion was to plants more trees around the river bank and also plant medicinal herbs. Naturally all wanted that disposal of contaminated water from industries into Ganga should be stopped with immediate effect.

The suggestions about proposed waterways and similar initiatives to enhance tourism as well as keep the river clean showed how thoughtful people are about the Ganga. Some members suggested that there should be a separate task-force for every 100 km. Also some wanted that Ganga be classified into various zones like highly polluted, medium polluted, etc. Many members request that there should be eco-ethno parks along the banks of the river alike Sentosa Island Singapore where temples along the river Ghats nurture the nature and also be places where video and photo exhibitions are held to attract tourists.

Few members also suggested installation of CCTV on the Ghats and people caught polluting the river be gifted book on Ganga and how its pollution is harmful to all. Also there was a suggestion from the members to boost water transport with little development of infrastructure and then use boats to clean the river. One suggestion was also to decongest the river alike old city streets. The member suggested that just the way old streets are decongested by creating flyovers, and bypasses, we need to create CITY BYPASSES for Ganga, keeping the main stem pollution free, and allowing for City Stream to be used for daily chores. The water from City Stream to be carried by main stem only after treatment and filtration (just as we do not allow cyclists on highways!)

Most of the members believed that there sure is a larger need to integrate all stakeholders when it comes to cleaning Ganga. The proposed ways to integrate all stakeholders by the members are:

  1. A Plan is definitely needed, to execute any Program, particularly a humongous and complex program like cleaning of Ganga. But the Plan needs to address the following key stakeholders – City Infrastructure, Religious Sentiments and Impact on Environment in cleaning up Ganga.
  2. First of all industrial waste must not flow in the river. There should be some environmental checklist before setting up an industry with hefty fines.
  3. Central planning is required to provide the overarching direction and set milestones. But involving local stakeholders is also equally important. For centuries two traditional communities have depended on the river for their livelihood: fishermen and boatmen. They can be empowered to provide ground level feedback to the central agency to ensure effective monitoring and resource utilization.

If you are also passionate about the River Ganga and want to make a real difference to cleaning of the river please login at MyGov, take part in the discussion and undertake the tasks assigned.

You can join this Group, if you are signed in!!

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  • akash maurya - 8 years ago

    Sir I hv a solution for your clean Ganga

    • Neeshant - 8 years ago

      small shops, food stalls,etc should be removed from the ghats… causes pollution, so many plastic bags, waste food,etc are thrown in is too bad….there are so many stalls in haridwar on har ki pori…please remove them so there were no garbage at Har ki pori. SAVE GANGA

  • Jay Chan - 8 years ago

    Be ready with taking samples regularly, in Ganga river at different locations. Please see and check with tests regularly to know if there are improvements because of measures being taken by government. This should continue till end of governments term. Then government should show what are the pollution levels before and at start of government term and compared to pollution levels towards the end of its term.

  • Shubham Singhal - 8 years ago

    I think Clean Ganga is one of the awesome program of this government. I am from Patna and here we can see that their are many places where the wastage material are dumped in Ganga and from this the Ganga is very dirty here so from my opinion we should take a big action on this ….

  • RISHI MUNI SINGH - 8 years ago

    Varanasi is considered to be the oldest living city of the world which is now our Hon, ble PM constituency. People are visiting Kyoto to develop on its model. The fact remains that it is most crowded city, garbage on all the roads, open siver flowing in most secret river Gangage inspite of it being declared as national heritage. To develop this city a world class the local conditions must be kept in mind. City traffic system should be improved with traffic lights functioning to overcome the prob

  • RISHI MUNI SINGH - 8 years ago

    For Ganga Project this time substantial funds have been allocated by Government. This must be utilized judiciously for preventing industrial effluent flowing in the river from all cities situated on it’s bank. Further, all sewerage must be treated before dumping in the river after BOD tests. In rainy season Ganga cleans itself with enormous amount of rain water flowing with high speed. So please help in this monumental task by taking policy decisions timely for implementation.

  • CHANDRA SHEKHAR SHARMA - 8 years ago

    We have developed a facile method to fabricate hydrophobic fabric from organic waste with almost no processing. This kind of fabric can be efficiently used to selectively remove the oiliness from water. This fabric is very effective for oil spillage in rivers, oceans and lakes. We have recently filed an Indian patent also. We would be happy to demonstrate its application in cleaning the river. If this technology can be further developed for large scale, it may be really very economical way.

  • Vijay Shah - 8 years ago

    instead of investing tax payers money in clean ganga, invest money in merge maximum possible river for saving water going into ocean and also will help farmers for more crop to grow.
    to control rivals and oppositions control on press and media who is playing vital role for brain wash of general public.
    instead of moving all over India and world p.m. should stabilize in center and concentrate major problems of general public.
    improve legal system level best possible.
    regards…vijay shah

  • Akshaya Tiwari - 8 years ago

    Sir start cleaning ganga tributaries first from Yamuna n begun from Delhi these tributaries itself polutes ganga more. Recently I have read few iitians have developed materials which can absorb impurities. Science is the only solution to water impurity problemsMother

  • Lokesh Saini_1 - 8 years ago

    @Y Sharma – Diverting sewage onto dry river beds or directly into sea is not a good idea because you would not only be polluting ground water and making it toxic but also pollute sea which would in turn would not only damage the soil, ground water as well as fish and sea animals. The water needs to be treated/cleaned and then left.

  • NIKHIL GUPTA_6 - 8 years ago

    clean ganga is realy great project.. i live in delhi and in delhi there r many pond n they need project like ganga because pond effect people directly.near my house there is deer park inside park pond stink badly..manegement see daily n do nothing..