Union Minister Uma Bharti on Sunday said it would take 10 years to completely clean the Ganga, and it would be done in a phased manner.

“In order to ensure a clean Ganga, industrial units located on its banks will be shifted. The framework of this plan has been drawn. The Uttar Pradesh government is making efforts to shift the tanneries located in Kanpur to other places,” said Ms. Bharti, whose handles Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation portfolios. She was here to participate in the Ganga Dasara celebrations.

She said once the Ganga was cleaned, mass awareness would be needed to maintain its cleanliness, for which she would undertake a ‘padayatra’ from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar.