Mumbai: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday expressed hopes that by 2020, the Ganga will be completely clean, considering how well the rejuvenation programme is going.

At a function organised by the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC) at Churchgate, he said that most of the 221 projects under the Namami Gange Mission are at advanced stages of completion. The project is worth Rs 22,238 crore.

Gadkari, who is also the Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister, said, “Considering the pace at which work is awarded and getting completed, we are hopeful that by March 2020, river Ganga will be completely clean. It is a difficult task, but we will finish it”.

He added that 70-80% of the work will be completed by March 2019.

Gadkari said that apart from cleaning the Ganga, the work to clean the tributaries that flow into the main river has also been undertaken.