Namami Gange Program
Recently an agreement was signed for the development of 35 Mega Liter Per Day (MLD) sewage treatment plant in Maheshtala town situated on the east bank of river Ganga in West Bengal under Namami Gange program.
The construction of this plant was signed under Hybrid Annuity PPP mode.
Namami Gange Program:
- Namami Gange program is an integrated conservation mission. It was approved as a ‘Flagship Programme’ by the Central Government in June 2014 to fulfill the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution and conservation and rejuvenation of river Ganga.
- The program is being implemented by the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
- The program is being conducted by the ‘National Mission for Clean Ganga’ (NMCG) and its state counterpart organizations i.e. State Program Management Groups (SPMGs).
- The National Mission for Clean Ganga is the implementation wing of the National Ganga Council. The National Ganga Council was established in the year 2016 to replace the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA).
- The National Ganga Council has a centrally funded, non-lapsable fund of Rs 20,000 crore and covers about 288
The main pillars of the program are:
- Sewage Treatment Infrastructure
- River Front Development
- River-surface cleaning
- Public awareness
- Industrial Flow Monitoring
- Ganga Village
Ganges River System:
- The origin part of the river Ganges is called ‘Bhagirathi’, which is fed by the Gangotri glacier and meets the Alaknanda river at Devprayag in Uttarakhand. At Haridwar, the Ganges emerges from the mountains and enters the plains.
- Many tributaries of the Himalayas are found in the Ganges, some of which are major rivers – Yamuna, Ghaghra, Gandak and Kosi etc.
Source – PIB