Projects worth Rs 1400 cr sanctioned for cleaning Ganga

Projects worth Rs 1400 cr have been sanctioned for sewer networks, treatment plants & pumping stations.

New Delhi: To clean river Ganga, projects
worth Rs 1,400 crores have been sanctioned for Uttar Pradesh,
Bihar, West Bengal and Uttarakhand for sewer networks,
treatment plants and pumping stations, Government said today.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh said that so far under the Ganga Action
Plan sewage treatment capacity of 1025 million litres per day
(MLD) has been created against about 3000 mld being generated
in the towns situated along the river banks.

"An estimated investment of Rs 15,000 crore over the
next ten years will be required to create the necessary
treatment and sewerage infrastructure, to be shared suitably
between the centre and states," he added.

During the first meeting of the NGRBA headed by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, it was resolved that by the year
2020, it will be ensured that no untreated municipal sewage or
industrial effluent flows into the river, Ramesh added.

He further said that states have been requested to
prepare priority projects for critical pollution hotspots and
major towns on Ganga and fast-track the implementation of
ongoing projects.