Uma Bharti, who will be governing the Ministries of Water Resources and River Development as a Cabinet Minister, will also look after the Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry.

Ganges aka Ganga is a trans-boundary river of Asia which flows through India and Bangladesh. The 2,525 km river rises in the western Himalayas in Uttarakhand and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India into Bangladesh. It is the third largest river by discharge.

The Ganga, which is the largest river in the country, provides water to 40 percent of India’s population in 11 states, an estimated of 500 million people or more, which is larger than any other river in the world. Today, it is considered to be sixth most polluted river in the world.

Many plans have been brought into action to rejuvenate river Ganga. The Ganga Action Plan or GAP was a program launched in April 1986 while National River Ganga Basin Authority (NRGBA) plan was introduced in 2009, but it seems that these plans have not been able to accomplish the desired goals.

The Supreme Court has been working on the closure and relocation of many of the industrial plants like tulsi along the Ganges and in 2010 the government declared the stretch of river between Gaumukh and Uttarkashi an "eco-sensitive zone".

(JPN)

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