• In late 2010, the government agreed to declare a part of the Ganga River as an eco-sensitive zone to protect the rich biodiversity of the region.
  • In late 2010, the National Ganga River Basin Authority approved to discontinue the creation of three hydro projects proposed on the river.
  • In 2011, 36-year old Swami Nigamananda laid down his life for the Ganga by fasting for 4 months to stop the pollution and illegal mining upstream.

Swami Nigamanand Dies After Fasting

  • In 2011, the Indian Cabinet approved the Project for cleaning of River Ganga to be implemented by the National Ganga River Basin Authority.
  • In 2011, Indian officials signed an agreement with the World Bank to use a $1 billion loan to finance the first major new effort in more than 20 years to cleanse the revered Ganges. This project replaces the failed 1986 Ganga Action Plan, the last large-scale attempt to address the pollution.