Varanasi, the city that is home to rich cultural heritage and India’s celebrated history is now going to be cleaner than ever. They are leading by example and we should all follow their footprints! By Kumar Shree

Varanasi is all set to become the first city in India with absolutely zero discharge of pollutants in the holy river Ganga, which also happens to be one of the most worshiped rivers in India.

A matter of extreme pride, this much-awaited development has become possible because of the initiatives taken under the Namami Gange Project. The project was initiated by the Modi government and it aims to make Ganga completely clean by the year 2020.
By July 2019 the sewage treatment capacity of Varanasi will now exceed 400 million liters per day — all thanks to Namami Gange Project. What makes it even better is that — apart from focusing on the sewage treatment, the river ghats and other infrastructures will also receive attention from the government. All of these together will contribute towards making Ganga cleaner and the ghats of Varanasi every traveller’s dream come true. In fact, according to a report by Sunday Guardian, Varanasi will see a steady boost in the number of tourists, especially, the foreign tourist visiting the ghats of city.
An upcoming sewage treatment plant with the capacity of 50 MLD is also expected to be established soon at Ramana. This plant will take care of the polluted water coming in from the Assi river, which is a major source of pollution in the Ganga. The plant is again a part of the Namami Gange Project.
In addition to Varanasi, the government is also planning to launch a cleaning drive in 94 different ghats in four other cities of Uttar Pradesh — Kanpur, Prayagraj, Bithoor and Mathura-Vrindavan.