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Pollution: a loan of one billion dollars to clean the Ganges

Sacred river of India, the Ganges is one of the most polluted rivers in the world. While more than 400 million Indians live on its banks, the World Bank granted a loan of one billion dollars in the country to finance the cleanup of the river along over 2,500 km.

Tuesday, India has signed with the World Bank a loan of one billion dollars, 700 million euros. An amount that will allow the country to clean up the Ganges, one of the seven sacred rivers of India and one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The banks of the river, which supplies a quarter of the water resources of the country, home to over 400 million. This uncontrolled urbanization combined with the industrialization of India has caused pollution that the river can not be cleared for many years. As emphasized Roberto Zagha​​, a representative of the World Bank in India, cleaning a river is extremely long and expensive. “The cleaning of the Rhine took about twenty years and cost over 40 billion euros. The Danube has lasted for decades,” he said.

National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) will be responsible for the project. With a loan from the World Bank, it will finance treatment plants, waste water and sewage systems. The project also seeks better control of pollution through the modernization of information on the quality of water of the Ganges. By 2020, the NGRBA has set a target without any discharge of waste water not retired in the Ganges.


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