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Clean Ganga: 118 Urban Local Bodies identified to implement ‘Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita’ programme

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), an autonomous society under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation today launched ‘Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita’ for initiating a sustainable partnership with 118 Urban Local Bodies (ULB) located along the river Ganga.

During the launch of  Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita initiative, the Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti said that, ” The ULBs have a major role to play in this regard as they are directly communicating with the people at the grass root level.”

The Minister said that the ‘Clean Ganga Mission’ should be an example for the whole world and we should be able to invite foreigners to see our clean Ganga.

She said this task is very arduous and complex but not impossible to achieve.

The  main objectives of the ‘Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita’ is to provide required assistance by the Centre to Urban Local Bodies for forrmation of Ganga Project Implementation Units (PIU) in various towns.

The initiative will also address the issue of systematic solid waste management near ghats and confluence of Nalas into the river.

As of now, untreated municipal sewage account for the bulk (over 75 per cent) of pollution in Ganga, mostly generated by the larger cities. Currently, the responsibility for provision of adequate sanitation and waste management services overlap considerably across the State Governments and the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Uma Bharti vow to clean up Ganga

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Lucknow, April 8, 2017: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday met Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Conservation Minister Uma Bharti and assured her of all support and cooperation from the state government in cleaning up the Ganga.

“The largest stretch of the river passes through Uttar Pradesh and hence it is even more the responsibility of the state to keep the river clean,” he said, while underlining that for success of the ‘Namami Gange’ project, it is necessary that its tributaries are also cleaned up.

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The entire machinery of the state will now have to work on a war footing for this purpose, Adityanath said, stressing on the need of holding meetings of heads of the development blocks, members of the local Panchayats and village heads of districts on the banks of the river so that the cleaning up of the Ganga is take up in a mission mode.

Uma Bharti said that in absence of support and cooperation in the past regimes in Uttar Pradesh, the ‘Namami Gange’ project was not achieving the desired results but now that the present government is headed by a dedicated saint like him, she was sure that the Ganga cleaning would be a success.

Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Conservation Secretary Amarjeet Singh said at the meeting that under the ‘Namami Gange’ project, 19 projects worth Rs 2,900 crore were being run in Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Gadhmukteshwar, Kannauj, Bulandshahr and Vrindavan through which capacity to purify 391 MLD of water would be created.

Of the 19 projects, four projects in Allahabad have been completed while work is underway on the rest. Other than this, works worth Rs 4,348 crore are proposed in the state, he said. while suggesting that the proposed works be completed on priority basis.

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Following this, the Chief Minister directed officials to ensure completion of these projects within the fixed timelines by strengthening the infrastructure and arranging for necessary facilities. He also said that the District Magistrates concerned should also be involved so that there are no hurdles in the works.

Singh also said that because of the leather industrial units in Kanpur, Unnao and Banthra, there was a lot of pollution and added that they should be treated as a cluster and pollution controlled at these places.

At this, the Chief Minister said that a decision has already been taken by the state government to shift out leather industry units out of Kanpur and Kannauj in a phased manner, which will contribute in a big way towards the success of the mission.  (IANS)

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Dual funding responsible for failure of Ganga cleaning schemes: Uma Bharti

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New Delhi: Union Water Resources,River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Uma Bharti on Monday attributed the failures in implementation of earlier schemes for cleaning Ganga river to the dual financial model between central and state governments.

The delays and failures in implementation of schemes in the past for river cleaning were mainly due to a dual financial model that is central-state financial model,

Detailed project reports not getting completed on time and lack of ownership and responsibility among stakeholders were other stumbling blocks, she said.

All these gaps are now being internalised where a new financial model of implementation is likely to emerge that ensures 100 percent central scheme and allocation of Rs.20,000 crore straight from the central pool,

Noting that cleaning Ganga was a collective responsibility, she said her ministry has a mandate to meet the river cleaning target by October 2018.

 

(Inputs from IANS)

 

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500 cyclists rally to clean Ganga

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Indian men search for coins and gold in the polluted waters of the Ganga river at Sangam after the Kumbh Mela festival, in Allahabad on April 2, 2013. The two month long Kumbh Mela, celebrated every 12 years at the conjunction of two sacred rivers on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Allahabad, drew massive crowds of devotees, ascetics and foreign tourists till its conclusion on March 10. AFP PHOTO/SANJAY KANOJIA (Photo credit should read Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

Haridwar: About 500 activists will cycle all the way to the Bay of Bengal in support of a clean Ganga, a spiritual group said on Wednesday.

Some 100 cyclists began the campaign from here in Uttarakhand on Tuesday. They will be joined by 100 cyclists each in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal, the Gayatri Parivar said.

“The cycle rally will cover the entire route of the Ganges,” a Gayatri Parivar spokesman told IANS. The river, considered holy by Hindus, covers some 2,500 km through five states before flowing into the Bay of Bengal.

Pranav Pandya, who heads Gayatri Pariwar, said in a statement that the cyclists will interact with villagers living along the river and urge them to keep the Ganga clean at all times.

“It is very important to create awareness among the people living on the banks of this holy river,” he said.

“The cyclists will move to every village and town from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal,” he added.

The cyclists will also plant trees along the banks of the Ganges.

(IANS)