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Centre approves 4 more STP projects in UP, Bihar, WB

New Delhi : The Union Water Resources Ministry has approved four more projects related to sewage management in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal under the Namami Gange programme.

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved eight projects worth Rs 700 crore, including the four sewage management one. The other three projects are related to treatment of drains through bio-remediation and one of inventorization and surveillance of Ganga River.

On sewage management front, a project for pollution abatement in Ganga at Bally in West Bengal has been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 200.07 crore. The project includes construction of a 40 million litre per day (MLD) sewage treatment plant (STP) under hybrid annuity based PPP model, among other works.

Similarly, construction of a 65 MLD sewage treatment plant under the hybrid annuity model has been approved for Bhagalpur in Bihar at an estimated project cost of Rs 268.49 crore.

In Uttar Pradesh, sewage treatment-related works at an estimated cost of Rs 213.62 crore have also been approved. These include construction of two STPs (28 MLD + 5 MLD) in Farrukabad and one 2-MLD sewage treatment plant at Bargadiya drain in Fatehpur.

Pollution abatement works for Ganga like interception, diversion and treatment of sewage in Bithoor have also been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 13.40 crore.

The three projects of treatment of drains using bio-remediation technology have got the green signal and entail at an estimated cost of Rs 4.29 crore. These are for Rajapur drain and Digha drain in Patna and Laksar drain in Haridwar.

The NMCG has also approved one project for pollution inventorization, assessment and surveillance on Ganga entailing cost of Rs 42.9 crore. The project is in continuation of an ongoing exercise and aims to strengthen environmental regulation and water quality monitoring in the Ganga.

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