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Govt to launch 150 projects on Ganga by March: Nitin Gadkari

He also urged industry bodies like PHD Chamber and Ficci to join hands in this mission to clean Ganga

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at PHD Chambers 112th Annual Session in New Delhi on Thursday (Photo: Dalip Kumar)
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari at PHD Chambers 112th Annual Session in New Delhi on Thursday (Photo: Dalip Kumar)

The is all set to launch 150 projects on Ganga by March, Union Minister said on Thursday while asking investors to join hands with the Centre in cleaning of the river.

The projects, he said, aim at containing discharge of polluted water in the river and recycling the waste water to produce to power transport fleet.

"There is much in Ganga by bigger cities like and Mathura. We will start 150 projects by March 2018 to check discharge of polluted water in Ganga that are based on recycling etc," said the minister for river development and Ganga rejuvenation.

"I urge industry bodies like and to join hands with the in this mission of huge national importance," he said at the annual session of

The government, he said, is ready to offer technology free of cost to the investors who can produce methane and from the waste water which could be used to power buses and other vehicles.

Of the 150 projects, 90 have already been awarded, while the 7 will be awarded soon, Gadkari said, adding that the remaining projects are on the anvil and work on all the 150 will begin within five months.

The minister also urged investors to participate in initiatives like amphibian buses and planes.

Talking about agriculture, Gadkari said the wrong policies in the past have resulted in its occupying the back seat but a number of steps are being taken now to revive it by making irrigation facilities on larger chunks of lands across states.

He said there are 285 projects involving an expenditure of about Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

Gadkari said it was unfortunate that some states were fighting over river water distribution while nobody paid any attention to 70 per cent of the rainwater going to sea in absence of water harvesting.

Likewise, no one is concerned about river waters going to Pakistan as India shares 6 rivers with Pakistan while states remain busy in internal fights over sharing of river water, the minister said.

Gadkari said three projects on Ganga worth Rs 80,000 crore will be started within three months.

First Published: Thu, October 26 2017. 15:29 IST
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