Kanpur: The central government is spending millions of rupees under several programs to clean up the Ganges, but the red carpet and the inert attitude of government officials have become the biggest obstacle in accomplishing this task.
The ghats of three cities, Kanpur, Bithoor and Prayagrajcould not be cleaned since June 1, because the agency involved in this work did not obtain an extension of its contract from the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).
The condition of almost all ghats in Kanpur and Bithoor is getting worse day by day.
Vishal Protection Company had signed a three-year contract with the state government through NMCG to keep these ghats clean with a two-year extension provision.
It was a three-party agreement between Vishal Protection, NMCG and Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC). The role of the KMC is to oversee the work of the agency.
Vishal Protection Company Representative Vikas Dixit told TOI that since three years of the contract expired on May 31 this year, the two-year extension should start from June 1, but neither NMCG nor KMC gave any instructions. Due to a lack of funds, the agency has stopped work on the ghats and is awaiting communication to that effect.
The agency had deployed about 70 people, including 6 supervisors. Each supervisor supervised six to eight ghats and ensured that they were clean. The staff stayed in the ghats until the evening and removed piles of plastic and other materials accumulated in the ghats, he added.
Expressing concern about the situation, Sanjivini Sharmaorganizer of Kanpur Diversurged relevant officials to clean up the agency file according to the provisions of the contract so that the ghats can be cleaned before the monsoon, otherwise the garbage will go into the river.
The agency used to support ploggers in Kanpur and its employees always remained present at all drives, she said.
A team of bloggers from Kanpur would meet at Sarsaiya ghat on Sunday morning to collect all the imperishable items from the ghats, she added.