The Union Government has launched Ganga Gram Yojana to develop 1600 villages in Uttar Pradesh (UP) situated along the banks of Ganga River.
The scheme was launched by the Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti at Puth village in Hapur district of UP.
About Ganga Gram Yojana
- In the first phase of the Ganga Gram Yojana, 200 villages in UP have been selected.
- In these selected villages open drains discharging waste directly into river Ganga will be diverted to sewage treatment facility.
- Government will spend one crore rupees on every village under this programme. It would be mandatory for every household in selected villages to have functional toilets.
- Under this programme, these selected villages will be developed under the Sichewal model (Village in Punjab) which is based on cooperation of the villagers for water management and waste disposal.
Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation also deployed the first company of Ganga Task force Battalion to fast track implementation of Namami Gange Programme. It was deployed at Garhmukteshwar town in Hapur district of UP.