Kanpur: The Central government is spending crores of rupee under several schemes to clean the Ganga but red tapism and inert attitude of government officials is turnong to be the biggest hurdle in accomplishing this task.
The ghats of three cities, Kanpur, Bithoor and Prayagraj, could not be cleaned since June 1, as the agency involved in this job did not get the extension of its contract from National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).
The condition of almost all the ghats of Kanpur and Bithoor are 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 provision of two years’ extension.
It was a tripartite agreement of Vishal Protection, NMCG and Kanpur Municipal Corporation (KMC). The KMC’s role is to monitor the agency’s work.
Vishal Protection Company’s official Vikas Dixit told TOI that as three years of the contract had expired on May 31 this year, the two-year extension should begin from June 1 but neither NMCG nor KMC have given any instructions. Due to shortage of funds, the agency has stopped the work on ghats and is waiting for some communication to this effect.
The agency had deployed around 70 personnel, including 6 supervisors. Each supervisor used to supervise six to eight ghats and ensured they were clean. The staff used to stay at the ghats till evening and removed heaps of plastic and other material accumulated at the ghats, he added.
Expressing concern over the situation, Sanjivini Sharma, convener of Kanpur Ploggers, has urged the officials concerned to clear the file of the agency as per the provisions of the contract so that ghats could be cleaned before monsoon otherwise garbage would go into the river.
The agency used to support Kanpur ploggers and its employees always remained present in all drives, she said.
A team of Kanpur Ploggers would assemble at Sarsaiya ghat on Sunday morning to collect all imperishable items lying at the ghats, she added.