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River Ganga to be developed as major tourist destination and navigation corridor

Times of India, Delhi, 7th July 2014 


River Ganga will be developed as major tourist destination and navigation corridor where the tourists from across the world will be able to visit various tourism spots along the river banks from Gangotri to GangaSagar and also enjoy 'Shikara' ride. Unveiling the plan, Union tourism and culture minister Shripada Naik on Monday said tourism spots will be developed by government all along the banks of Ganga from Gangotri to Gang a Sagar. Speaking on the occasion of 'Ganga Manthan' (national dialogue on river Ganga) here, Naik said his ministry was also exploring the possibilities of introducing ' Shikaras' on Ganga on the pattern of Kashmir (Srinagar).


Ganga Manthan is being organized at Vigyan Bhawan where Union ministers, MPs, scientists, experts, religious leaders and NGOs are discussing various issues relating to the river pollution and cleaning exercises. Views and suggestions, expressed by the stakeholders during the session, will be shared with the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) that has been working on a blueprint to develop the river. This group is expected to submit its plan by mid-July. Speaking on the occasion, Union road transport and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari proposed to conduct dredging to provide a width of 45 meters and five meters draft (depth) to enable navigation of small ships between Varanasi and Hoogly on river Ganga in the first stage of its development .


He said barrages were proposed to be constructed at every 100 Kms on the river. His ministry has sent a proposal in this regard to World Bank for the development of Allahabad-Haldia corridor. Union minister for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation U ma Bharti said, ""W e will work with full sincerely on the outcome of this dialogue. We have had series of discussions with various stakeholders on the issue and will soon arrive on some positive outcome". The day long dialogue, being organized by the National Mission for Clean Ganga, is being attended by large number of delegates from different part s of the country and abroad. The dialogue have four different sessions on " Ganga & Sanskriti " (for Spiritual Leader s ), "Public Participation for Ganga " (for Public Representatives & Administrators) , " Aviral & Nirmal Ganga " (for NGOs & Environmentalists) and "Comprehensive & Sustainable Solutions" (for Academicians & Technocrats).