New Delhi: Ganga will now flow all year round. For the first time in the history of the country, the Central government has issued a notification to ensure that a river does not run dry – even at the height of summers.
The notification says that 36 cubic metres of water will be compulsorily released every second from the Bhimgoda Barrage in Haridwar from October to May. From June to September, the quantity would be 57 cubic metres per second.
Similarly, 24 cubic metres of water will be released per second from the Bijnaur, Narora and Kanpur Barrages in Uttar Pradesh from October to May and 48 cubic metres from June to September. Till now, the barrages and hydro-power projects on Ganga were not releasing water regularly with the result that the river ran dry at many places, depriving people of the holy dip.
Ganga’s biodiversity needed protection: Gadkari
Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development Minister Nitin Gadkari said that to protect the biodiversity of the River and to curb pollution, it was necessary that the River should continue to flow the year round.
He said that no new hydel power projects should come up on the Ganga and the execution of the sanctioned ones should be stopped.
Union minister Uma Bharati said that the government’s decision to ensure continuous flow of water in Ganga was ‘historic’ and ‘welcome’. She said that now other rivers in the country will launch a #MeToo campaign. “They will demand that they should also not be allowed to run dry,” the minister said half-jokingly.