The Government has sanctioned 305 projects at an estimated cost of over Rs 28,600 crore under the Clean Ganga drive. Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said there has been improvement in the quality of water of the River Ganga. The minister said a total of 305 projects have so far been sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs 280 billion, out of which 109 projects have been completed and rest are at various stages of implementation.
The Government of India launched the Namami Gange Programme with a total budgetary outlay of Rs 200 billion for five year period till December 31, 2020 to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga and its tributaries.
“Due to various pollution abatement initiatives taken by the Government under the Namami Gange Program, the water quality assessment of River Ganga in 2019 has shown improved water quality trends as compared to 2014,” he said. Dissolved Oxygen levels have improved at 32 locations, Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels and faecal coliforms have improved at 39 and 18 locations, respectively, he said.
He said 379 MLD new sewage treatment capacity has been added in last three years of which 169 MLD has been achieved during last one year. The present sewage treatment capacity is 1954 MLD.