Dutch PM hails Modi for Clean Ganga goals, stresses need to value water

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 May 2018 08:28:55



LAUDING the goals set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for cleaning the Ganga, Dutch Premier Mark Rutte on Thursday said worldwide there was a need to value water, not only as an economic asset, but also for its social, cultural and environmental importance.

The NDA Government’s Namami Gange initiative, aimed at cleaning the 2525 km-long river, was undertaken and approved as its flagship programme in June 2014.

It has a budget outlay of Rs 20,000 crore to accomplish the objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of the river. All of these, he said, were relevant when working on cleaning the Ganga.
“I have a great respect for the goals that have been set by Prime Minister Modi under the Namami Gange programme,” the Netherlands premier said.

He made the remarks while speaking at an event organised by Indo-Dutch Ganga forum here to take forward the memorandum of understanding signed between the Water Resources Ministry and Netherlands’ Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment in June last year, an official statement said.