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Ganga clean-up

The Supreme Court’s incisive observations on the >Ganga clean-up plan (Sept. 4) is to be considered seriously. The Ganga is not only one of the holiest rivers in the country but also a silent witness to the progress of Indian civilisation. Several committees have been formed over the years with a view to rejuvenating the river, but all have come to naught. The release of untreated sewage and other pollutants into it will only worsen the problem. The government should have a feasible road map to rescue the lifeline of North India.

P. Mohanty,

Varanasi

It is gratifying that the Supreme Court has decided to monitor the job of cleaning the Ganga. It is interesting to note that while there is a predominant view that the river is sacred, emptying sewage and much worse into it is not considered to be a crime. The first step would be to locate an area where a giant sewage treatment plant can be set up. The treated water should go into a lake from which water can be drawn for agricultural purposes. All sewage lines from the city and surrounding areas should be connected to this treatment plant. Now that Japan is supposed to adopt Varanasi under a smart city concept, Varanasi and the Ganga need a scientific makeover.

Sheela Chandrachudan,

Bangalore

The issue shows that many of our leaders are more interested in flagging off projects than following up on them. The restoration of the natural ecology of an area is a very difficult job.

Athira N.,

Thiruvalla

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