India, WB join hands to clean Ganga

India and the World Bank will sign an agreement for cleaning the Ganga River.

New Delhi: India and the World Bank will sign an agreement tomorrow for cleaning the Ganga River, which is facing great challenges from expanding population, urbanisation and industrial growth.

"The National Ganga River Basin Project to be implemented with the World Bank assistance will cost Rs 7,000 crore of which the Centre`s share will be Rs 5,100 crore and that of the five state governments (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal) will be Rs 1,900 crore," a statement issued by the Environment Ministry said here today.

The World Bank will provide technical assistance and finance. "The assistance would be in form of a loan of USD 801 million from IBRD and a credit of USD 199 million from IDA," it said.

The project will focus on building and strengthening NGRBA`s related institutions at the Central and state level, establishing a world-class Ganga Knowledge Centre, enhancing
river basin management and financing select priority investments to reduce point-source pollution in a sustainable manner.

"A comprehensive approach will be adopted under which industrial pollution, solid waste management, and riverfront management, essential sewage treatment will also be addressed," the statement said.


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