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NMCG clears Rs 4000-cr Ganga projects in UP, WB, Bihar

New Delhi : The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved another set of projects worth Rs 4000 crore in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, including a massive Rs 629-crore common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in Kanpur.

Under the Ganga rejuvenation programme, the NMCG, in its last meeting held earlier this week, gave approval for the 20 million litre per day (MLD) CETP for tannery cluster at Jajmau, Kanpur. The three-phased project includes pre-treatment unit in 380 individual tannery units; a 20 CETP with physical, biological and tertiary treatment; installation of zero liquid discharge (ZLD)-based pilot plant of 200 KLD capacity, among other components.

The Central share in the project is Rs 472 crore.

The NMCG said this is a major step forward in arresting the pollution in Ganga emanating from the industrial town of Kanpur. The project will be executed by a special purpose vehicle (SPV) Jajmau Tannery Effluent Treatment Association.

Another project in Kanpur was approved at an estimated cost of Rs 967.23 crore for rehabilitation and integration of sewage treatment infrastructure in Jajmau, Bingawan, Sajari zones under the hybrid annuity-PPP mode. This project also includes construction of a 30 MLD sewage treatment plant (STP) at Pankha. The Central Government will undertake the capital investment as well as operation and maintenance for 15 years.

In Allahabad, a Rs 904 crore project for rehabilitation and integration of sewage treatment infrastructure in Naini, Salori, Numayadahi, Rajapur, Ponghat, Kodra sewerage zones was approved under the hybrid annuity-PPP mode. An online monitoring system for all STPs and SPs for proper implementation has also been approved.

In this project too, the Central Government will do capital investment and O&M for 15 years.

The NMCG also gave its go-ahead to a project of in-situ/ex-situ bio-remediation treatment of drains going into Ganga. This project is estimated to cost of Rs 410 crore.

The NMCG, through Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and other PSUs has identified major polluting drains meeting main stem, wherein technology service provider will set up treatment facilities including containerized modular treatment plants for abatement of pollution of Ganga and its tributaries.

The identified drains were further classified into priority drains which require immediate intervention. As many as 20 drains have been considered for treatment in the first phase of the project.

The step has been taken to adopt swift, techno-economic and sustainable technologies like in-situ/ex-situ to manage the pollution load in drains for interim period of infrastructure development and also to manage the cumulative effect of direct discharging of sewage into Ganga, said a NMCG official.

In West Bengal, a project for rehabilitation with O&M of 15 years for Garden Reach STP (57 MLD) and Keorapukur STP (50 MLD) under hybrid annuity-PPP mode has also been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 165.16 crore. The Centre will do the capital investment and O&M for 15 years.

In neighbouring Bihar, three sewage infrastructure projects have been accorded revised approvals in Begusarai, Hajipur and Munger. The three projects entail an investment of Rs 230.06 crore, Rs 305.18 crore and Rs 294.02 crore and the Centre will contribute Rs 161.04 crore, Rs 213.63 crore and Rs 205.81 crore in them. Also, the Centre will do the capital investment and undertake O&M for 15 years.

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