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Assessment of Pollution of Ganga

A study for assessment of the pollution load caused by the major drains discharging into the river Ganga was undertaken by the Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation for 118 river front towns on the banks of river Ganga. The scope of study includes assessment of status of Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), need for modernization, availability of power for running the STPs, status of O&M of STPs, status of 144 Nallas and scope for River Front Development. The study team consisted of experts from six different organizations under this Ministry namely, National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Central Water Commission (CWC), Central Soil and Materials Research Station (CSMRS), National Water Development Agency (NWDA), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and National Projects Construction Corporation (NPCC).

The study team has submitted its report to the Ministry in December, 2014. Based on this report and in line with the action plan drawn under ‘Namami Gange’, the State Governments have been requested to submit DPRs to execute projects that will help arrest pollution influx into the river especially from 118 identified towns / ULBs on both the banks of river Ganga.

This information was given by Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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