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Foreign consultants invited for saving Ganga

New Delhi, May 19 (Calcutta Tube) The central government has invited global consultants to formulate an action plan to clean river Ganga, a senior environment ministry official said Wednesday.

‘The government is looking forward to hiring international consultants to reverse the damage done to the river. Expression of Interest (EoI) has been invited from global consultants for formulating a strategy to re-infuse life in the river,’ the official told IANS.

The consultancy will aim at formulating a strategy for preserving the river through an analysis of the river’s ecology and the steps needed to be taken for reversing the trend.

‘It will mainly evaluate the present situation and formulate a strategy for what needs to be done,’ he said.

The official said about $3 million has already been received from the World Bank for preparing a management plan for cleaning river Ganga.

Ganga was designated national river in February last year. Nearly Rs.900 crore have been spent on the Ganga action plan so far. A parliamentary panel recently observed that the action plan has shown no considerable results in improving the quality.

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