The National Mission for Clean Ganga has approved eight projects worth over Rs 700 crore in the northern belt of the country to take forward the ambitious Namami Gange programme, an official statement said. Out of the eight projects, four of them relate to sewage management in three Ganga basin states, it said. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved a project for pollution abatement of river Ganga at Bally in West Bengal at an estimated cost of Rs 200.07 crore. This includes construction of a 40 million litres daily (MLD) STP under hybrid annuity-based PPP model among other works. Similarly, construction of a 65 MLD-capacity STP under hybrid annuity model has been approved for Bihar's Bhagalpur at an estimated project cost of Rs 268.49 crore, the statement said. In Uttar Pradesh, sewage treatment-related works worth Rs 213.62 crore have been approved.
The works to be carried out include construction of two STPs (28 MLD + 5 MLD) in Farrukabad and one 2 MLD-capacity STP at Bargadiya drain in Fatehpur, it said. Pollution abatement works for river Ganga like interception, diversion and treatment of sewage at Bithoor in the northern state have also been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 13.40 crore. "Three projects of treatment of drains using bio-remediation technology have also been given a green signal at an estimated cost of Rs 4.29 crore. These are for Rajapur and Digha drains in Patna and Laksar drain in Haridwar," the statement said. The NMCG also approved a project for pollution inventorisation, assessment and surveillance on river Ganga at an estimated cost of Rs 42.9 crore, it added.