‘Namami Gange to clean 80% of Ganga by 2019’

| | New Delhi

The Centre on Wednesday said that about 80 per cent of Ganga river would be cleaned by 2019 through the execution of numerous schemes under Namami Gange programme.

Union Minister for Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari said that cleaning of Ganga is at very advanced stage. “I am saying this with full responsibility that the holy river will revive its pristine glory as 80 percent of the Ganga River would be cleaned by the end of this fiscal,” Gadkari said on the sidelines of an event in the national Capital.

Gadkari also announced an integrated city-wise sewerage infrastructure approach for a town which according to him is being done for the first time in India. On the occasion Gadkari also stated that the government is determined to clean Yamuna and other tributaries of Ganga as well.

He also informed that 10 cities have been identified, which contribute the most in the pollution of Ganga with Kanpur topping the chart. “We have accordingly asked Bihar and Uttar Pradesh government to ensure zero discharge from sugar factories, paper mills and other industrial units, which lead to high discharge of pollutants in the river,” Gadkari said.

He mentioned that Namami Gange is a challenging task as the river flows through multiple states and the level of pollution also varies. The central government has sanctioned funds to the tune of Rs 22,00 crores for different schemes under Namami Gange. The schemes were conceptualised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after studying the river pollution mitigation measures in other countries in Europe, US and Japan. “The best minds and best technologies have been involved in conceptualising and execution of Namami Gange programme,” Gadkrai told The Pioneer.

Earlier in the day, Gadkari presided over the signing of the tripartite Concession Agreement with private sector concessionaries for the Hybrid Annuity-based PPP mode project in Mathura, for the development of an integrated city-wise sewage infrastructure.

An agreement between National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) was signed in the presence of Gadkari and Union Minister of Skill Development and Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan for the reuse of two crore litres per day of treated water by Indian Oil refinery in Mathura, which was earlier being drawn from the water- stressed Yamuna.

Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Dr Satya Pal Singh and Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation and Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal were also present. Secretary, Water Resources U P Singh and Director General, NMCG, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra too were present.

“It is a very important and historic day. I have been talking about Waste-to-Wealth approach and I am happy that we have taken a step forward in this direction by signing the agreement with IOCL. It is very important to create value from waste. We are also planning to make it mandatory for projects of NTPC in towns along Ganga to use treated Ganga water for their power plants. It is our determination to clean not only Ganga but Yamuna and other tributaries as well for which many steps have been taken,” Gadkari said.

Giving details of the projects on Yamuna and other tributaries The Minister said 18 new towns on Yamuna and its tributaries (Hindon and Kali) have been identified for pollution abatement. These towns include Loni, Auriya, Kairana, Etawa, Bagpat, Tundla Firozabad, Saharanpur, Muazaffarnagar and Muradnagar while  on Kali river  the cities identified are Meerut, Hapur, Deoband, Modinagar, Budhana and Autrauli).

Gadkari also talked about six sewerage management projects in Delhi which have been awarded and two which are under tendering for Yamuna.



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