Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission on Tuesday. He also launched the logo of Jal Jeevan Mission, via video conferencing.
These projects include:
- the construction of a 68 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant (STP),
- the up-gradation of the existing 27 MLD at Jagjeetpur, in Haridwar and
- the construction of an 18 MLD STP at Sarai, in Haridwar.
This marks the completion of the first sewerage project taken up on hybrid annuity model of public-private partnership (PPP) model.
“In the past decades, huge initiatives were taken up to clean river Ganga but those initiatives had neither public participation nor farsightedness. As a result, the water of river Ganga was never cleaned,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi was also to inaugurate the first-of-its-kind museum in India on river Ganga, taking visitors to a journey along the river from its origin in the Himalayas to extensive floodplains, mangrove forest and finally to the sea where it merges with the Bay of Bengal, was to be digitally inaugurated by PM Modi. The museum will be located at Chandi Ghat in Haridwar.
Apart from undertaking cleanliness drive for the river, Ganga such projects would provide the necessary push to infrastructure.
PM Modi said that the Ganga’s serenity was experienced by devotees from all over the world during the Prayagraj Kumbh.
He said that in the forthcoming Haridwar Kumbh, the whole world is going to experience the devotional fulfilment achieved by bathing in the pure waters of the Ganga.
PM Modi tweeted from his twitter handle: “Inaugurating development projects in Uttarakhand. #NamamiGange”
The inauguration of 68 MLD Jagjeetpur project also marks the completion of the first sewerage project taken up on hybrid annuity model of PPP. In Rishikesh, a 26 MLD STP at Lakkadghat was inaugurated. The PMO added that Haridwar-Rishikesh zone contributes nearly 80% wastewater load into the River Ganga and the sewage treatment plans play a crucial role in keeping the River Ganga clean.
The Prime Minister said that the government worked on a 4-pronged programme.
- First step was to lay a network of sewage treatment plants so that the flow of sewage into the Ganga could be stopped.
- Second step was to ensure that the sewage treatment plants served the purpose for the next 15-20 years
- Third step was to stop open defecation in the 100 big cities and 5000 small towns and villages that are situated on the banks of the Ganga
- Lastly, it was important to stop the pollution of the smaller rivers that flow into the Ganga
“We have not limited the Namami Ganga Mission to the cleanliness of Ganga, but have made it the largest and comprehensive river conservation program in the country,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
While inaugurating the project, PM said that the currently under Namami Gange Mission projects worth Rs 30,000 crores are either completed or are underway.[embedded content]
Prime Minister Modi’s vision:
The River Ganga is important not only for its cultural and spiritual significance but also because it hosts more than 40% of the country’s population. Addressing the Indian community at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014, the Prime Minister had said, “If we are able to clean it, it will be a huge help for the 40 per cent population of the country. So, cleaning the Ganges is also an economic agenda.”
To translate this vision, the Government launched an integrated Ganga conservation mission called ‘Namami Gange’ to arrest the pollution of Ganga River and revive the river. The Union Cabinet approved the action plan proposed by Centre to spend Rs 20,000 Crores till 2019-2020 on cleaning the river, increasing the budget by four-fold and with 100% central share – a central sector scheme.
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