New Delhi, December 6: Accomplishing a major part of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, the project has now diverted its attention on focussing to clean the tributaries of River Ganga in a big way. Expressing satisfaction over the overwhelming response by the people on Clean up Ganga project, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari assured the people of the country that their dream of rejuvenated Ganga will soon be fulfilled.
National Mission of Clean Ganga approved projects worth Rs. 841. crore on Ganga tributaries in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. With this, the sanctioned cost of all sewerage projects on tributaries has gone up to Rs.5735 crore. A total number of 30 sewerage projects have already been sanctioned on tributaries in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Haryana, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh.
Focussing on tributaries of Ganga, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that 26 projects are being taken up on tributaries like Yamuna, Saryu, Ram Ganga, Gomti, Kali, Kosi, Gandak, Damodar, Rispana-Bindal etc.
There is no centralized sewerage system in the town and it is currently facing a serious problem in sanitation. The entire wastewater from upper and lower part of the municipal town flows into the Damodar River through surface drains and then into river Hoogly. Therefore, all the drains out falling into the Damodar River must be Intercepted and then Diverted to proposed lift stations (LS), main pumping stations (MPS) and the proposed STPs.
On implementation of the project there will be no discharge of untreated sewage from Maner Town into River Ganga thereby reducing pollution load in the river.
So far, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has sanctioned 254 projects for more than Rs 24,000 crore and has spent about Rs. 5,000 crore in the last 4 years. Union Minister Gadkari said that not only has the pace of expenditure increased manifold, results are visible on the ground as well. “Out of these 254 projects, 133 are for sewerage management, 11 bioremediation, one modular STP, 1 rural sanitation, 64 ghat and crematoria, 6 bio-diversity and 16 afforestation projects,” Gadkari informed the gathering.
He added that 133 sewerage infrastructure projects costing Rs. 19,789 crore will create 3969 MLD of sewage treatment capacity and lay down 4871 kilometer of sewerage network.
Recently, the efforts made by the PM Modi government in cleaning up river Ganga showed positive changes bringing Asia’s largest discharge of sewage from Sisamau drain has come to a halt. The Kanpur Sisamau drain dumped around 138 litres of sewage dirt in the Ganga on a daily basis. Diverting the direction of outlet, the sewage drainage now pours through into treatment plant.