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A third of the poorest urban population had exclusive supply of drinking water in 2012 against 28.5% in 2008-09

The Inter-Ministerial Group on Ganga river management was oriented more towards building dams and less towards saving the river, renowned water conservationist Rajendra Singh wrote in his dissent note on the IMG’s report.

The Magsaysay award winning conservationist, popularly known as “Waterman,” was here on Wednesday to talk about issues related to the conservation and revival of the Ganga. Accompanying him was celebrated environmental engineer G.D. Agrawal, also known as Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand. The duo objected to the IMG's recommendation to reduce the Ganga’s environmental flow, which is the quantity, timing and quality of water flow necessary to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the human livelihoods dependant on these ecosystems.