Namami Gange funds to boost Yamuna cleaning as Nitin Gadkari takes charge

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Namami Gange funds to boost Yamuna cleaning as Nitin Gadkari takes charge

The Clean Ganga Mission was allocated Rs 20,000 crore to be spent over five years.

Soon after Nitin Gadkari took charge of the water ministry, National Mission for Clean Ganga approved projects worth nearly Rs 800 crore in seventh executive committee meeting, including a bumper package for cleaning Yamuna river in Mathura, UP.

According to officials in water resource ministry, Namami Gange programme, PM Narendra Modi's pet project, includes cleaning of tributaries of Ganga as well.

The Mathura project includes rehabilitation and renovation of sewerage scheme costing Rs 384.49 crore. It includes construction of one new 30 MLD (million litres per day) sewage treatment plant (STP) at Masani and rehabilitation of three STPs at different locations in Mathura.

Other works are laying of sewer network, construction/renovation of sewage pumping stations, drain tapping and construction of tertiary sewage treatment reverse osmosis plant.

An official said, "NMCG has taken a number of steps to clean river Yamuna, which is one of the main tributaries of Ganga and meets it at sangam."

"While a special package for Mathura has been approved in the seventh executive meeting, projects to create adequate sewage treatment capacity in Delhi have also been approved. These projects would ensure that sewage water of Okhla drain and Najafgarh drain does not merge into Yamuna," the official added.

In Delhi, the government has sanctioned seven STPs with total capacity of 94 MLD in Najafgarh at an estimated cost of Rs 345 crore under the 'Mail Se Nirmal Yamuna' project that was initiated on the directions of the NGT.

A British-era sewage treatment plant dating back to the 1930s, Okhla drainage zone is also being replaced by a new treatment plant.

The move has come in a bid to control the pollution-levels in the river Yamuna. These projects are being anchored by the NMCG as part of the Namami Gange programme.

According to a senior official, the major task of keeping 2,525-km long Ganga clean is by ensuring that no polluted water enters the river. A major surveillance and monitoring plan has been drawn with various stakeholders through which all the polluting industries near the river banks will be regularly checked.

The Clean Ganga Mission was allocated Rs 20,000 crore to be spent over five years. Out of which, about Rs 15,000 crore has been sanctioned so far, and out of this amount, only Rs 2,700 crore had been spent as of August 2017.