Uttarakand Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Government has launched various projects under Namami Gange programme for cleaning of river Ganga and its tributaries from Haridwar, Uttarakand.
It was launched by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti. Besides, simultaneous projects were also launched at over 103 locations in seven states for cleaning of river Ganga and its tributaries from Gangotri to Howrah.
- The Namami Gange Programme aims at cleaning the holy river and ensuring its unfettered flow. Union government has allocated Rs. 20,000 crore budget for it.
- Under it, projects such as modernization and redevelopment of Ghats, crematoriums and other development activities will be undertaken.
- Besides it will also undertake project for development of sewage infrastructure and treatment, tree plantation, afforestation, pilot drain project, interceptor drain project, trash skimmers and conservation of biodiversity.
- The projects were launched simultaneously in five basin states of the river Ganga viz. Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
- Besides, projects were also launched in Delhi and Haryana through which Ganga’s largest tributary Yamuna passes.
- In Uttar Pradesh alone total 112 projects were launched through this ambitious scheme. 47 projects were inaugurated at various locations in Uttrakhand.
- 20 projects were inaugurated at various locations in West Bengal. 26 projects were inaugurated in Bihar.
About Namami Gange Programme (NGP)
- Namami Gange Programme is an ambitious integrated Ganga Conservation Mission that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2015.
- The programme integrates the efforts to clean and protect the Ganga River in a comprehensive manner.
- Focus of Programme: Pollution abatement interventions by interception, diversion and treatment of wastewater through bio-remediation.
- Appropriate in-situ treatment or use of innovative technologies such as effluent treatment plant (ETPs) and sewage treatment plants (STPs) for cleaning Ganga.
- Besides, it also seeks to benefit vast population dependent on the river Ganaga in terms of job creation, improved livelihoods and health benefits.