||The Sankat Mochan
Foundation (SMF) founded by a group of citizens and engineers of Varanasi
led by Prof. Veer Bhadra Mishra (Mahant of Sankat Mochan Temple).
||SMF Launches the Swatcha
Ganga (Clean Ganges) campaign - a public education program for raising
the awareness about the pollution of Ganga. Contacts developed with
Friends of the Ganges (FOG) in USA.
||The Ganga Action
Plan (GAP) launched by the Government of India. Varanasi GAP Phase-I
includes construction of three sewage treatment plants, pumping stations
and electric crematoriums at Varanasi.
||SMF and Friends of
the Ganges organise an international conference on "Pollution
Control in River Cities of India : A Case Study of Ganga at Varanasi"
at Tulsi Ghat. Experts from USA and Sweden also participate.
||The Swatcha Ganga
Research Laboratory (SGRL) established with support of Swedish Society for
Nature Conservation (SNF). Laboratory data establishes the inefficacy of
GAP Phase-I schemes. This state of the art laboratory produces a reliable
interceptor sewer along Ganga and Varuna Rivers and AIWPS type of Sewage
treatment scheme for Varanasi.
||A detailed report
called "Feasibility Study of Interceptor Sewers and AIWPS
Technology for Prevention of Pollution of Ganga at Varanasi"
prepared jointly by SMF and Oswald- Green LLC, recommended and submitted
by the Varanasi Municipal Corporation, to the Government for GAP Phase-II.
Environmental Centre", a joint initiative of SMF and Oz-Green/FOG,
Australia established at Tulsi Ghat.