The Government has launched an ‘Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission’ – ‘Namami Gange’ in June, 2014, which approaches Ganga Rejuvenation based on learning lessons from the past, and by consolidating the existing ongoing efforts.
The Government has started the ‘National Ganga River Basin Authority’ (NGRBA) for funding pollution abatement projects on 70:30 cost sharing basis between Centre and States. This includes a World Bank assisted National Ganga River Basin Project (NGRBP) for Rs. 7000 crore, a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) assisted Project at Varanasi for Rs. 496.90 crores and projects with Government’s own resources.
Based on the lessons learnt, an integrated and comprehensive action plan for ‘Short-term’ (3 years), ‘Medium-term’ (5 years) and ‘Long-term’ (10 years and more) has been developed under ‘Namami Gange’. The projects and activities under this plan include pollution abatement measures for different sources of pollution and other policy initiatives.
This information was given by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.