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Jal Nigam's efficiency for 'Clean Ganga' questioned

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 March 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, March 11: A leading American researcher, known for her extensive work on wastewater magement issues, lauded Prime Minister rendra Modi’s ‘Clean Ganga’ campaign on Wednesday but warned against ineffective implementation agencies such as the Jal Nigam (water utility corporation). “The fact the prime minister is bringing attention to that is great, but if you are still going through the same institutions such as the Jal Nigam... they haven’t proven themselves in the last 20 years to be very effective... so why are you going to throw the money at them,” said Kelly D. Ally, a professor of anthropology, at Auburn University, in the US. Alley has carried out research in northern India for over 20 years, focusing on public culture and environmental issues. She has authored books such as ‘On the Banks of the Ganga: When Wastewater Meets a Sacred River’ that explore Hindu interpretations of the sacred river Ganga in the light of environmental problems. “There hasn’t been any institutiol change. It’s a complicated political issue because the Jal Nigam is a state agency. Many of us are critical of their work,” she said. Some of her other publications include ‘Water Wealth and Energy in the Indian Himalayas’ and ‘The Developments, Policies and Assessments of Hydropower in the Ganga River Basin’ among others, a result of her work in the Brahmaputra basin and in Varasi. (IANS)

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