Surface cleaning of Ganga to begin

The surface cleaning of Ganga, including removal of solid waste such as clothes and parts of dead bodies, will commence in 10 cities from next month.
Water resources minister Uma Bharati said the surface cleaning exercise would start in Haridwar, Garhmukteshwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Sahibganj, Kolkata, Nabadwip and Gangasagar under the `Namami Gange' programme.
In a consultative committee meeting on Tuesday , she said trial of surface cleaning had already started in Varanasi which has been assigned to Tata Projects Ltd under corporate social responsibility scheme. She said NTPC, ONGC and Petronet had also expressed willingness to fund the project.
Referring to the progress of sewage treatment under Namami Gange, the minister said that 29 projects have been completed at a cost of Rs.463.58 crore with the treatment capacity of 123 million litres per day (MLD) and sewer network of 666.69 km. A total of 93 projects have been sanctioned at the cost of Rs.1,502.66 crore.This will result in the creation of treatment capacity of 858 MLD and sewer network of 3,623.10 km.
Referring to the progress made in river front ghat development projects, Bharati told the parliamentary panel that development of four ghats out of 20 in Patna was completed last month.
She said work at Chandighat (Haridwar), Chhath Ghat (Delhi) and Sahibganj will begin next month.

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