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Govt approves Haridwar, Varanasi STP projects under Namami Gange

New Delhi : The Union Government has given approval for several new projects under its ambitious Ganga rejuvenation programme, giving a push to the hybrid annuity-based scheme being it launched last year under the public private partnership (PPP) mode to set up sewage treatment infrastructure along the river.

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) gave its go-ahead to the projects in Haridwar and Varanasi.

While in Haridwar, approval has been given for a 68 million litre per day (MLD) sewage treatment plant in Jagjeetpur, another 14 MLD STP in Sarai have also been approved. The Jagjeetpur plant will have an indicative cost of Rs 110.30 crore and the Sarai plant will cost about Rs 25 crore. Both projects are being taken up under the hybrid annuity-based PPP mode.

Also, an amount of Rs 8.34 crore has been allocated for tertiary treatment of existing 27 MLD plant in Jagjeetpur while Rs 5.32 crore has been allocated for tertiary treatment of existing 18 MLD plant in Sarai under design, build, operate and transfer (DBOT) mode.

Also, I&D works at Jagjeetpur and Sarai would be done at an indicative cost of Rs 81.15 crore and Rs 29.75 crore the under DBOT mode.

The NMCG has also given in-principle approval for implementation of a 50 MLD sewage treatment plant at Ramana in Varanasi at an indicative cost of Rs 120 crore.

After the completion of the tender processes, administrative approval and expenditure sanction (AA&ES) of the projects will be given by the executive committee of the NMCG.

The Centre's Namami Gange programme was launched as a mission to achieve the target of cleaning the Ganga River in an effective manner with the unceasing involvement of all stakeholders, especially five major Ganga basin States – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.

The programme envisages river surface cleaning, sewerage treatment infrastructure, river front development, bio-diversity, afforestation and public awareness.

The NMCG said it will also introduce trash skimmers for surface cleaning of Ganga in six more cities in the first week of january 2017.

The cities are Rishikesh, Haridwar, Garh Mukhteshwar, Sahibganj, Kolkata and Navdweep.

Urban local bodies (ULBs) will be the nodal agency to monitor this work. State programme management groups (SPMGs) and collectorate office will supervise these works under the aegis of NMCG at state and district levels.

The river surface cleaning (RSC) work was introduce last year in Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Mathura-Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh and Patna in Bihar. Trash skimmers were deployed at the foregoing locations and tonnes of floating waste was collected and disposed off in a proper manner.

The task was performed under the CSR head by several companies. The NMCG expects to identify more towns for carrying out similar activities in coming weeks.

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