By Dheeraj Kumar
Patna: Noted environmentalist and Magsaysay award winner Dr. Rajendra Singh, also known as ‘Waterman of India’ today alleged that the implementation of ‘Namami Gange’ programme, was plagued by large scale corruption, and would not cure Ganga from its alarming level of pollution.
Singh, the winner of the Stockholm Water Prize, also known as the Nobel Prize in Water, in 2015 said here that Narendra Modi, who had called himself ‘son of Ganga’ before becoming Prime Minister of the country simply disregarded his own words after he reached the top political post.
“The Centre has allocated Rs 20,000 crore for Namami Gange project but I know very well the people who are minting money in the implementation of programme,” he remarked.
“Ganga continues to remain in ICU as river is suffering from serious heart disease while teeth are being treated, he stated adding that such a situation Ganga was being forced to die.
“Ganga ke saath dhoka hua hain,” (Ganga has been betrayed) he remarked while intensifying his attack on the Centre.
Singh and his seven-member team were in the state capital in connection with Ganga Sadbhavana Yatra (Ganga Literacy) journey, which had begun from Gaumukh in Uttarakhand on September 30 for the cause of a ‘nirmal’ (clean) and ‘aviral’ (free-flowing) Ganga.
The journey will conclude at Gangasagar in West Bengal on January 14 next year.
During his stay in the state capital, Singh held discussions with teachers and students of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Patna and other colleges located on the bank of Ganga river, community leaders and religious leaders.
He said that the latest data on pollution in Ganga river had shown that the level of pollution only increased in the river despite the launch of ‘Namami Gange’ programme with much fanfare.
Singh said, “Namami Gange programme is itself misconceived and will not meet its objectives.