• Four-and-a-half years after the Centre launched its flagship Namami Gange programme to clean up the Ganga, a government- commissioned assessment has found that 66 towns and cities along the river still have nullahs or drains flowing directly into the Ganga.
  • Almost 85% of these nullahs do not even have screens set up to stop garbage from entering the river.
  • Of the 92 towns surveyed, 72 still have old or legacy dump sites on the ghats.
  • Only 19 towns have a municipal solid waste plant, according to an assessment done by the Quality Council of India (QCI).
  • 70% towns along Ganga let out garbage directly into the river
  • While much of the focus of Namami Gange over the last four years has been on liquid waste management and sewage treatment plants, the Centre is now turning its focus to solid waste management as well, under the aegis of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban).