Namami Gange Executive Committee approves 9 projects worth Rs. 1278 cr for pollution abatement in the Ganga basin and Ghat development. The Committee was chaired by Asok Kumar, Director General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).
Among the total 09 projects, 07 of the projects deal with reducing pollution in the Ganga basin while 02 are about building ghats. The Ministry of Jal Shakti said that under the approved projects various Sewage Treatment Plants and other work will be done to clean the river Ganga, in several states including West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
The project in West Bengal worth Rs. 123 crores has been approved for the creation of a 13 Minimal Liquid Discharge (MLD), Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and a 300 KLD (Kilo Litre per Day) decentralized Sewage STP at Chakdaha Municipal Town. In Uttar Pradesh, three projects worth Rs 422 crore were approved including a project to divert 13 drains by augmenting the sewage treatment capacity of Salori STP by 43 MLD in Prayagraj. Another project in Uttar Pradesh for the rejuvenation of River Kali East by the development of an in-situ Constructed Wetland System at 8 locations in Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Hapur, and Bulandshahar was approved costing Rs. 95.47 crores.
Approval for the development of Atal Ghat Manjhi, Saran in Bihar was estimated at a cost of Rs.10 crores. A project for the development of two Sewage Treatment Plants (10.91 MLD and 10.66 MLD) for pollution abatement in River Ganga at an estimated cost of Rs. 94.12 crores.
In Madhya Pradesh, a major project costing Rs. 511 crores was approved to abate pollution in Rivers Kanh and Saraswati in Indore. For the monitoring of industrial pollution, a project titled ‘Pollution Inventorization, Assessment and Surveillance on River Ganga Basin (PIAS) piloted by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) was approved at an estimated cost of Rs. 114.42 crores.
Spread across 11 states, the Ganga basin is home to 600 million people. Along its 2500 km journey, it not only enriches huge swathes of agricultural land and sustains a long procession of towns & cities but also carries a rich biodiversity within itself. Namami Gange Programme was launched in June 2014 for a period up to 31st March 2021 to rejuvenate River Ganga and its tributaries. The programme was subsequently extended up to 31st March 2026.