Patna: Bihar will strongly oppose any move by the Centre to reduce budgetary allocation under the National Ganga River Valley Authority (NGRVA) from Rs 500 crore to Rs 275 crore during tomorrow`s standing committee meeting of the NGRVA, Deputy Chief Minister, Sushil Kumar Modi said on Tuesday.
"I will strongly oppose the move to reduce the
budgetary allocation under the NGRVA from Rs 500 crore to Rs
275 being planned by the Centre," Modi told reporters on the
sidelines of his `Janata Darbar` Programme.
"Rather I`ll press for further increasing the budget
under the project to Rs 750 crore for 2011-122," he said.
Modi said he would represent Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar who is a member of the NGRVA in the meeting.
He said following "failure" of the Ganga Action Plan
the Centre took the initiative to step up the NGRVA and the
prime minister had been made ex-officio chairman of the
authority which was aimed at freeing Ganga from pollution by
The standing committee meeting will be held under the
chairmanship of Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee.