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In India, Ganges River Cleanup is Part of Poverty Fight

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KANPUR, India -- I traveled to the banks of the Ganges River today to look at an Indian government initiative, supported by the World Bank Group, to clean up the sacred river. We're working with the government on this long-term effort -- an extraordinarily complex one in part because of the multiple sources of pollution that enter the river. It's part of our vitally important work in one of India's states, Uttar Pradesh, which is home to 200 million people. This state alone has 8% of the world's population living in extreme poverty. Watch the video for more.

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Submitted by Anonymous on
It's good to see the World Bank engaged in such important project. But it is not clear what the project is actually achieving.

Submitted by Anonymous on
Clean drinking water, better health outcomes. Not sure what's not to understand in terms of what the project can achieve.

Severely polluted rivers like the Ganges take a long time to respond to cleanup efforts, and achieving results will require a sustained, long-term effort. The government of India has a clear action plan to achieve significant progress, and the Bank is committed to helping. Read FAQs about the project: http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2011/05/27/india-ganga-river-basin-faq

Submitted by SAT GOEL on
This project of clean up of the Ganges has already made many people rich and India poor. If WB still wants to get involved in this, it should have safeguards and performance yardsticks. I am old enough (83) to know the reality. If I had a chance to decide, I would not touch it even with a pair of tongs.

Submitted by Kartik on
Its a different feeling which you get while working for people in need. Be it as small as a daily effort or something as big as World bank works. It gives immense displeasure to see living individuals of human origins in the utmost negligent conditions. I am a (un)fortunate resident of the same state and the nearby city, which is the state capital, where this video is taken. Living here tells me sometimes that some tasks are practically impossible, however, they wont take more than half a decade if worked with an approach to finish it. But that is where the grief lies. I wish I was living in a place where people would understand the pain and difficulty someone of their own species and origin is going through! Alas, I cant. The list goes on, but no one bothers. I would urge the funding agency, to keep a close watch on the progress and make it time bound.

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