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PM Modi inaugurates 6 mega projects in Uttarakhand under Namami Gange Project, appreciates government's work in making Ganga clean

During the inauguration of mega projects under the Namami Gange Mission, PM Modi highlights the significance of the River Ganga and how it contributes to more than half of the population of India which makes it more important to preserve and protect it. 

Sep 29, 2020 12:44 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 29, 2020, has inaugurated a series of development projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission through video conference at 11 am. 

As per the officials, the 30 projects have now been completed in Uttarakhand for taking care of the pollution from 16 Ganga towns near the Ganga river. It is considered to be a landmark achievement.

On the occasion, PM Modi has unveiled the logo of Jal Jeevan Mission as well as ‘Margdarshika for Gram Panchayats and Paani Samitis under Jal Jeevan Mission has also been unveiled by the Prime Minister.

PM Modi starts his address on the inauguration of mega-urban development projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission.

PM Modi address on the launch of projects in Uttarakhand: Highlights

• In his address, Prime Minister Modi highlights the significance of the River Ganga and how it contributes to more than half of the population of India which makes it more important to preserve and protect it. 

• While noting the launch of 6 mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission, the Prime Minister highlights that in the past various initiatives were taken by the governments to clean the Ganga River but those initiatives had neither public participation nor any form of farsightedness. As a result, it was never cleaned.

• PM while highlighting the significance of the Namami Gange Mission also mentioned that new thinking and the new approach were also applied to the project which made the Namami Gange Mission country's largest river preservation programme.

•  In his address, POM Modi also explained the steps taken by the government in four directions under the mission. First was the implementation of sewage treatment plants to stop the polluted water in the Ganga river, second was on the structure of the plants so they can easily work for the next 10-15 years, third was to free 100 cities and 5,000 villages that are established on the bank of the Ganga from the problem of open defecation and the fourth one was to stop pollution in other rivers that are connected to Ganga. 

• PM Modi also talked about Jal Jeevan Mission, under which every day approx 1 lakh families are getting connected with the benefit of clean drinking water. In one year around 2 crore families have been provided with the clean drinking water. 

Mega Projects in Uttarakhand:

According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the six projects include the up-gradation of the existing 27 MLD, construction of a 68 MLD STP at Jagjeetpur, in Haridwar, and construction of an 18 MLD STP at Sarai, in Haridwar.

The inauguration of the 68 MLD Jagjeetpur project will also be marking the completion of the first sewerage project taken up on hybrid annuity mode PPP.

Prime Minister Modi will be inaugurating a 26 MLD STP at Lakkadghat, in Rishikesh. The Haridwar-Rishikesh zones contribute about 80 per cent wastewater load into Ganga River, hence, the inauguration of these STPs will also play a significant role in keeping River Ganga clean.

The 7.5 MLD STP in Chandreshwar Nagar, in Muni ki Reti Town will be the first four-storied Sewage Treatment Plant in India where the land availability was converted into an opportunity. The STP has been constructed in less than 900 SQM area.

PM Modi will also be inaugurating a 5 MLD STP at Chorpani and two STPs with capacities of 1 MLD and 0.01 MLD at Badrinath.

Inauguration of the first museum on Ganga: Ganga Avalokan

PM Modi also inaugurated ‘Ganga Avalokan’, the first museum on Ganga which has been dedicated to showcase the biodiversity, culture, and rejuvenation activities done in the Ganga river. The museum is located at Chandi Ghat, in Haridwar.

The book ‘Rowing Down the Ganges’, which is co-published by the Wildlife Institute of India and National Mission for Clean Ganga was launched at the event. The colorful book is an attempt to merge the biodiversity and culture of the River Ganga. The book conceptualizes the story of Ganga as what one will see when one rows down from Gaumukh, its origin to Ganga Sagar, the last point before entering the sea.

About Namami Gange Mission:

It is an integrated conservation mission that was approved as a flagship programme by the Indian government in June 2014. The mission has a budget outlay of Rs. 20,000 crores. 

The Namami Gange Mission aims at accomplishing the twin objectives of conservation and rejuvenation and effective abatement of pollution in the National River Ganga. 

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