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Focus On Sewage Treatment Plants To Clean Ganga: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a review meeting of ‘Namami Gange’ programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed officials to ensure timely completion and asked them to circulate factual information on the same to avoid any misrepresentation of facts

Namami Gange Is A Government-Public Project: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi: The sewage treatment capacity in towns along the Ganga is being enhanced substantially as part of efforts to clean the river, a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was told. The meeting on the ambitious programme ‘Namaami Gange’ was also informed that the intensive monitoring and inspection of the grossly-polluting industries has been taken up, which has led to “considerable improvement” in the water quality of some of the tributaries of the river, a PMO statement said.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister is learnt to have instructed officials working on the ambitious project to ensure involvement of the people so that it doesn’t remain only a government programme, official sources said. He also directed the officials to ensure proper dissemination of information related to the project, they said.

Parameters such as “dissolved oxygen” and “biochemical oxygen demand” have been studied as part of this assessment, the meeting was told last evening.

The prime minister was also apprised of the considerable progress made in rural sanitation in villages along the banks of the river Ganga, the statement said.

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Prime Minister Modi’s instructions came amid reports that the implementation of the programme was lagging behind schedule and that the government was faced with precipice, particularly in view of the October 2018 deadline set for cleaning the river.

The Prime Minister has asked officials to ensure the project is seen as a government-public project rather than only as a government programme, an official source said.

He (Prime Minister Modi) also asked them to ensure proper dissemination of factual information. There have been some incorrect reports in a section of the media. So, he has asked to disseminate the information properly, the source added.

The sources claimed that the Prime Minister was satisfied with the planning of the project and the officials gave a commitment to expedite the work.

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Another source in the water resources ministry said the project could not be implemented at the desired pace due to “non-cooperation” by the previous governments in Uttar Pradesh, where Ganga’s longest stretch falls, and Uttarakhand, from where the river originates.

Uttar Pradesh was earlier ruled by the Samajwadi Party while Uttarakhand had Congress government before the BJP came to power in the two states in March this year.

Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal are the other basin states of the 2525-km-long river.

We can now expedite the work given that the two states have friendly governments. There is a BJP government in Jharkhand too. Bihar has so far cooperated, the source added.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Nripendra Mishra, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, secretaries of Water Resources and Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministries, Amarjit Singh and Parmeswaran Iyer respectively, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) chairman SP Singh Parihar and National Mission for Clean Ganga director general UP Singh were also present at the meeting.

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