No untreated waste in Ganga by 2020: PM

PM Manmohan Singh said no untreated waste and industrial effluents would flow into Ganga by 2020.

Last Updated: Jun 02, 2010, 00:14 AM IST

New Delhi: Asserting that the UPA government
was committed to cleaning up the Ganga, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh today said no untreated waste and industrial
effluents would flow into the river by the year 2020.

"Under `Mission Clean Ganga`, it would be ensured that by
2020 no untreated municipal sewage and industrial effluents
flow into the Ganga," Singh said in the Report to the People
on completion of one year of the UPA`s second term in office.

He said the investment required for the Mission would be
shared "suitably" between the Centre and the state governments
concerned.

The Prime Minister said an empowered steering committee
has been constituted for appraisal and sanction of projects on
a fast track basis.

Projects for approximately Rs 1,390 crore have been
approved so far.

The Centre had recently set up a Ganga River Basin
Authority to monitor the implementation of the clean up
project and other development schemes.

Singh said discussions have been initiated for long-term
support of the World Bank and a project preparation facility
from the international body has been approved.

Air-breathing rockets, GSLV MkIII star in UPA-II achievements

India seeks newer horizons in space
as it readies to test launch its first air-breathing rocket
soon, a step that would make satellite launches cheaper.

In his `Report to the People`, Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh noted the successful flight testing of a new rocket
designed to test futuristic air-breathing propulsion
technology.

"Successful flight testing of new generation high
performance sounding rocket (ATV-D01), conducted on 3rd March
2010 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), SHAR, has
provided a test bed for demonstration of Air-Breathing
propulsion technology," said the report presented by Singh on
achievements of the first year of UPA-II government.

The ATV-D01 carried a passive scramjet engine combustor
module designed to test air-breathing propulsion technology.

The new rocket will drastically reduce the cost of launch
vehicles as scramjet engines use oxygen in the atmosphere to
propel the spacecraft unlike conventional rockets that carry
both oxygen and chemical fuel on board.

Singh also listed the success of the static tests of next
generation satellite launch vehicle GSLV Mark III among
achievements of the government in the fields of science and
technology.

"The large solid stage motor S-200, which successfully
underwent static tests at SDSC on 24th January 2010 is the
third largest solid booster in the world. S-200 is used in
Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III," it said.

PTI