Thursday, November 26, 2009


The National Ganga River Basin Authority(NGRBA) has approved the project to prevent the discharge of untreated municipal sewage and industrial effluent into the Ganga by 2020.
An estimated investment of Rs.15000 crore will be required over the next 10 years and negotiations with the World Bank have already begun for procuring $1 billion loan for 'MISSION CLEAN GANGA'.The resources will be provided by the Centre and States on a sharing basis over a 10-year period,after consultations with the Planning Commission.
Currently ,there is a sewage treatment capacity of 1000 mld against 3000 mld sewage being generated in the towns along the Ganga.An empowered steering committee will be set up for fast tracking clearance of projects.States have also been asked to formulate detailed project reports for new projects in the critical pollution hotspots and major towns along the Ganga. Tripartite agreements among the Centre,States and the local municipal bodies to earmark responsibilities will be signed next year.