Under the ambitious Namami Gange Program which aims to make river Ganga clean, Union water resources ministry releasedÂ â‚¹ 315 crore for construction of toilets along river Ganga. The money was allotted to Ministry of Drinking water and Sanitation to build toilets and the end the menace of open defecation along the river Ganga which poses a grave threat to the water due to infection from feces which end up in river Ganga. In the last fiscal, Ministry of water resources had releasedÂ â‚¹ 263 crore under the same program, which led to the construction of 14,500 toilets.
Namami Gange and rejuvenating river Ganga is not only important because of spiritual and sentimental reasons, but also of economic reasons. River Ganga flows through a distance of about 2500 kilometer, passing through the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The Ganges belt support more than 40% of the total population of India. A clean Ganga will solve the problems of clean infection-free drinking water, drastically reduce the occurrence of water-borne diseases which affect a large population of people who do not have access to water purification system but are dependent on water of Ganga. Also, it will give a boost to the flora and fauna that Ganga supports, thereby increasing the number of fish, improving the lives of fishermen who are dependent on Ganga.
The government of India has taken the construction of toilets in a mission mode and is leaving no stone unturned to make India open-defecation free which results in huge health problems every year. This becomes Â more crucial when the mission is to clean Ganga, which supports 40% of the entire population of India.