The 11th Executive Committee meeting of National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) recently approved the project encompassing the use of GIS technology for Namami Gange programme with a total budget of Rs 86.84 crore.
In order to facilitate the Ganga rejuvenation task through the Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, the National Mission for Clean Ganga has tied-up with the Survey of India, the oldest scientific department in the country set up in 1767.
GIS technology for Namami Gange programme
• The project includes use of Digital Elevation Model (DEM) technology which ensures accurate data collection, an important aspect for river basin management planning.
• DEM technology will enable the identification of entire topography of an area, making it easy for policy makers to analyse the available data.
• The use of GIS technology for Namami Gange programme will also ensure decentralization, that is the data collected by the government would be easily shared with the local public through geo portals and mobile apps.
• The technology will also enable people to send their feedback up to the national level.
• The high resolution GIS enabled data will help in regulating the proposed protected and regulatory zones along the banks of river.
Project to strengthen SPCBs of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal
• The National Mission for Clean Ganga also approved the project to strengthen the State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) of five main stem Ganga basin states, namely, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The project was approved at an estimated cost of Rs 85.97 for 5 years.
• For this purpose, the identified laboratories will be equipped in terms of advanced instruments and equipment with well-trained scientific personnel to carry out the pollution assessment and water quality monitoring activities.
• In West Bengal, two projects worth Rs 358.43 crore were approved to develop sewerage infrastructure in Hooghly-Chinsurah and Maheshtala municipalities of West Bengal.
• Maheshtala is an important town of Greater Kolkata. In Maheshtala, the project includes construction of interception and diversion sewer network (27 km), rehabilitation of existing infrastructure along with operation and maintenance for 15 years at an estimated cost of Rs 198.43 crore.
• In Hooghly-Chinsurah, the project includes construction of one STP (29.3 MLD), laying of 20 km of sewer line, construction of 2 pumping stations, rehabilitation of existing infrastructure along with operation and maintenance for 15 years at an estimated cost of Rs 160 crore.
Who: Union Government