Rs 500 crore allocated for Ganga in Haridwar
Under the Namami Gange mission, the Centre has allocated Rs 500 crore for the Haridwar River Front Development, which includes sewage treatment and beautification of Ganga ghats.
Union Minister for State Ganga Rejuvenation Water Resources Sanjiv Baliyan laid the foundation stone of the Rs 52.5 crore Chandi Ghat beautification project last week.
Now, a proposal has been prepared by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), implementing wing of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), to upgrade the capacity of sewage treatment plants at Jagjeetpur and Sarai village.
The capacity of 18 MLD Jagjeetpur plant will be increased to 68 MLD and Sarai’s capacity from 18 MLD to 32 MLD.
National Mission for Clean Ganga Director General UP Singh said along with upgrade of these STPs, seven untapped nullahs directly flowing into the Ganga would also be tapped.
Of these untapped nullahs, four are on the Jagjeetpur village periphery and a detailed project report is in the final phase.
Sewerage system of Ahbad Nagar and Jwalapur zone-E-2 will also be done by the NMCG.
The NMCG is also looking into the open defecation aspect in residential areas along the Ganga and its sub-tributaries like the Bhagirathi, Alaknanda, Mandakini, Vishnu Ganga and Pindar.
“Not only the 2,525 km of the mainstream Ganga but also its basin and sub-tributaries need to be treated and monitored to ensure pure river water. Mass awareness is also needed and projects under Namami Gange are being focused on pollution agents of the Ganga. From the inception, the source at Gaumukh in Garhwal Himalayas, we need to ensure Ganga gets clean and it remains so throughout its course till Ganga Sagar in the Bay of Bengal.
A first of its kind, architecture approved 675 mt Ganga ghat at Neel Dhara is being constructed under Namami Gange by the National Mission for Clean Ganga.
Work has already been started at the site, where a cremation ghat with advanced technology is also being constructed, which will consume 50 per cent less wood in comparison to normal cremation ghats.