The Union Government is going to formally launch the 'Ganga Gram' project at the Ganga Gram Swachata Sammelan in New Delhi on 23 December 2017.
The project, which is a part of the government’s clean Ganga mission - Namami Gange, is an integrated approach for the holistic development of villages situated on the banks of Ganga with the active participation of villagers.
The event will be presided over by Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti. It will be attended by Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari and Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
In August 2017, the Union government had declared all 4,470 villages on the banks of the Ganges, located in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, as open defecation-free (ODF).
Of these villages, the Centre and the state governments have identified 24 villages to be taken up under a pilot project to transform them into 'Ganga Grams'.
The project envisages solid and liquid waste management, renovation of ponds and water resources, water conservation projects, organic farming, horticulture and promotion of medicinal plants.
The selected villages will set the benchmark for cleanliness and integrated efforts of development and will be converted into 'Ganga Grams' by 31 December 2017.