The Namami Gange Executive Committee has approved nine Projects, worth ₹1278 crore for Pollution abatement in Ganga Basin and Ghat Development. Out of these projects, seven pertain to the abatement of pollution in the Ganga Basin and two to ghat development.
The decision was taken during the 47th meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under the chairmanship of NMCG Director General G. Asok Kumar yesterday.
In the main stem of River Ganga, a project in West Bengal worth Rs. 123.02 crore was approved for creation of a 13 MLD STP and a 300 KLD decentralized STP at Chakdaha Municipal Town.
In Uttar Pradesh, three projects were approved worth ₹422 crore. These include a project to intercept and divert 13 drains by augmenting the sewage treatment capacity of Salori STP by 43 MLD in Prayagraj.
Construction of one 20 KLD faecal sludge co-treatment facility is also part of this project. Another project in Uttar Pradesh pertains to rejuvenation of River Kali East by development of in-situ Constructed Wetland System at 8 locations in Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Hapur and Bulandshahar was approved costing Rs. 95.47 crore.
The wetland construction consists of making arrangement of horizontal and vertical filtration by developing oxidation, filtration segments as well as plantation inside the water way at one location.
The benefit of the methodology to be adopted is no change in morphology of the river & no obstruction in the waterway during flood. For ghat development, one project worth Rs. 2.84 crore was approved for Nageshwar Dham Ashram ghat in Fatehpur.
A project for development of two Sewage Treatment Plants (10.91 MLD and 10.66 MLD) for pollution abatement in River Ganga at an estimated cost of Rs. 94.12 crore was approved for Lakhisarai town in Bihar.
For ghat development in Bihar, one project for the development of Atal Ghat Manjhi, Saran, Bihar was also given a go ahead at an estimated cost of Rs. 10.04 crore.
Atal Ghat project includes development of ghat area for bathing, facilities, space for Pooja and other religious activities, drinking water points, flood lights for night, place for ‘shraad’ pooja and ‘mundan’, landscaping and wet and dry dustbins for segregation of waste at the source.
Two projects were placed before the Executive Committee for Madhya Pradesh for approval, out of which a major project costing Rs. 511.15 crore was approved to abate pollution in Rivers Kahn and Saraswati in Indore.
The project envisages construction of 2 STPs of 120 MLD, 40 MLD and 35 MLD capacities. An important component of this project is the creation of treated water reuse network with the 120 MLD and 35 MLD capacity STPs.