Not Just For The Ganga: Namami Gange Approves Projects To Improve Sewerage Infra In Cities Across Yamuna River

An early morning view of River Ganga, at Pandaye Ghat, on December 17, 2018 in Varanasi, India. (Photo by Rajesh Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The twentieth executive committee meeting of Namami Gange held on 15 February (2019) approved sewerage infrastructure and other projects worth Rs 1,387 crore which will be taken up in towns along Yamuna river.

Projects like construction and renovation of sewage treatment plants, online monitoring systems of such plants will also be taken up.

In Etawah town, Rs 140.6 Crores will be used for interception and diversion of Tixi Nala, upgradation of existing STPs including chlorination systems, a new STP of 2.1 Cr litres per day sewage treatment capacity. Similar projects will be executed in Meerut at a cost of Rs 681.78 crores.

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“The executive committee approved sewerage infrastructure projects worth Rs 317.2 Cr in Agra. This includes the online monitoring of 6 STPs, automation of existing 15 sewage pumping stations, renovation of sewage pumping stations and operations and maintenance of 29 nala tapings,” a government release noted.

The committee also allocated Rs 51.08 crores for Firozabad and Rs 77.36 crores for Baghpat. Chunar city in Uttar Pradesh (UP) will get Rs. 2.70 Cr for faecal sludge management and pollution reduction.

Zero Discharge

According to the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) officials, Ganga near the ancient city of Varanasi will have zero sewer discharge by November this year (2019).

“Work on 50 MLD sewage treatment plant at Ramana is nearing completion. By November this year, it is expected to be fully operational for treating discharge of Assi Nala. With this, flow of untreated sewer water from Varanasi city into the Ganga will be completely checked," said NMCG officials.

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