Namami Gange Programme An Agreement Signed

21 June 2021 Current Affairs:Under the Namami Gange Programme, an agreement was signed for the development of a 35 MLD (Mega Liters per day) sewage treatment plant in Maheshtala (a city on the east bank of the Ganga). The project was signed in the form of a Hybrid Annuity PPP.

About Namami Gange Programme:
♦ The Namami Gange program is a comprehensive conseration mission. It was approved by the Union government as a “flagship program” in June 2014 to achieve the dual goals of effectively reducing pollution and protecting and rejuvenating the national river Ganges.
♦ It is operated by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganges Rehabilitation Department of Jal Shakti Ministry.
♦ The program is implemented by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and its state counterpart, the State Program Management Group (SPMG). 
♦ The National Ganga Council’s implementation wing is the NMCG (set in 2016; which replaced the National Ganga River Basin Authority – NGRBA).
♦  It has a Rs. 20,000-crore corpus that is centrally funded and non-lapsable, and it includes nearly 288 projects.

The program’s main pillars are:
♦ Sewage Treatment Infrastructure
♦ River-Front Development
♦ River-Surface Cleaning
♦ Biodiversity
♦ Afforestation
♦ Public Awareness
♦ Industrial Effluent Monitoring
♦ Ganga Gram

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