The whole stretch of banks along the river Ganga will emerge as a major tourism belt if the NDA Government’s plan to develop it goes well. “The NDA Govt has planned to develop tourism spots all along the banks of Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar,”said Union Tourism and Culture Minister Shripada Yasso Naik in Delhi. He was speaking at Ganga Manthan, an event on National dialogue on Ganga held on Monday ,7th July ,2014. Naik said his ministry was exploring the possibilities of introducing Shikaras on Ganga on the pattern of Kashmir.
Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti said that the whole country was committed for continuous and uninterrupted flow of Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar. “We 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,” stated Bharti while speaking at the event. “We have noticed that people from every section of the society, irrespective of their faith are committed to this cause, and there won’t be any shortage of funds for Ganga Rejuvenation Programme.”
The day long dialogue was organized by National Mission for Clean Ganga. It was attended by large number of delegates from different parts of the country and abroad. The dialogue had four different sessions on “Ganga & Sanskriti” (for Spiritual Leaders), “Public Participation for Ganga” (for Public Representatives & Administrators), “Aviral & Nirmal Ganga” (for NGOs & Environmentalists) and “Comprehensive & Sustainable Solutions” (for Academicians & Technocrats).
Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari in his address said, “It is 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 added, “Barrages are proposed to be constructed at every 100 Kms on the river,and the Ministry has sent a proposal in this regard to the World Bank for the development of Allahabad-Haldia corridor.”