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Prevention of Discharge of Untreated Water into Ganga

The Ganga Rejuvenation plan include projects and activities for comprehensive pollution abatement measures for different sources of pollution such as rehabilitation and upgradation of Sewage treatment plants, Interception, diversion and treatment, construction of sewerage systems including creation of additional treatment capacity, in situ sewage treatment in open drains, detailed assessment of pollution and water quality monitoring and enforcement of standards in respect of the grossly polluting industries (GPIs) and policy initiatives for ensuring Aviral and Nirmal Ganga.

The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has set up an Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission namely Namami Gange for Ganga Rejuvenation including its tributaries. Incorporating the existing projects under the National Ganga River Basin Authority, the Ganga rejuvenation plan provides for Short-term (3 years), Medium-term (5 years) and Long-term (10 years and more) action plan with the collaboration of different ministries and states.

An amount of Rs.100 crores has been allocated in the Union Budget for 2014 -15 for Ghat development and beautification of river front at Kedarnath&Haridwar in Uttarakhand; Kanpur, Allahabad &Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Patna in Bihar and Delhi. These are now under project preparation stage in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism. Similarly, states have been requested to prepare special projects for areas of tourist interest including the Char DhamYatra (Uttarakhand) and Gangasagar(West Bengal).

This information was given by Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Prof. Sanwar Lal Jat in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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