‘Ganga will be completely cleaned by Mar 2020’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2018 08:46:23


221 projects under the Namami Gange Mission worth Rs 22,238 crore are at advanced stages of completion, says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari expressed hope here on Thursday that the Ganga river will become completely clean by 2020 considering the pace at which its rejuvenation programme was in progress.He said most of the 221 projects under the Namami Gange Mission worth Rs 22,238 crore are at advanced stages of completion. “Considering the pace at which the works are awarded and getting completed, we are hopeful that by March 2020, river Ganga will be completely clean.

It is a difficult task, but we will complete,” the Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister said. The Government’s flagship project has progressed well and nearly 70-80 per cent of the work will be completed by March 2019, he added. Gadkari said apart from cleaning the Ganga river, work is also undertaken to clean the tributaries and nallas that flow into the main river.

“All these projects are done by private players and I have not given any responsibility to any of the corporations. I cannot depend on the Government for taking ahead these projects and so we have given the responsibility to the private sector to monitor them real-time using the best IT methods,” Gadkari said.

The Minister was speaking at an event here organised by the Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC). The Namami Gange Mission consists of 221 projects 194 of which deal with constructing STPs, rural sanitation and bioremediation largely spanning Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand, which are responsible for most of the pollution, he said. Gadkari said over Rs 3 lakh crore worth road projects, were stalled before he took charge of the Ministry. “We introduced the hybrid annuity model (HAM) in the road sector giving it a boost. Similarly, we introduced the model in sewage treatment and already two projects are under implementation,” he said.

Works on two projects (50 MLD in Varanasi and 82 MLD in Haridwar) have been started under the HAM.