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Namami Gange Programm

The Namami Gange Programme, launched under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is an integrated conversation mission that was approved by the Union cabinet in June 2014, to achieve the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga. A fund of Rs 20,000 crore was assigned for the project under the Union Budget. 

Here are the main objectives of the project:

- Sewage Treatment Infrastructure

- River Surface Cleaning

- Afforestation

- Industrial Effluent Monitoring

- River-Front Development

- Bio-Diversity

- Public Awareness

  1. Ganga Gram

The Union Cabinet has further classified the implementation of the program into three categories:

- Entry-Level Activities- For immediate visible impact

- Medium-Term Activities- To be implemented within 5 years of time frame

- Long-Term Activities- To be implemented within 10 years

As a part of the unique initiative, the government is now focusing on involving people living on the banks of the river to attain sustainable results. The program also focuses on involving the States and grassroots levels institutions such as Urban Local Bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions in implementation. The task to implement the project effectively has been assigned.

Some of the key achievements of the project are:

- Creation of Sewage Treatment Capacity- 63 sewerage management projects under implementation in the States of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal while 12 new sewerage projects have been launched. 

- Creation of River- Front Development- 28 River-Front Development projects and 33 Entry-level Projects for construction, modernization and renovation of 182 Ghats and 118 crematoria has been initiated. 

- Cleaning of River Surface- Solid wastes are collected frequently from river surfaces and ghats and are sent to disposal facilities at 11 locations. 

-  Afforestation- Wildlife Institute of India; Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute and Centre for Environment Education have initiated forest interventions for Ganga. Work has been commenced in 7 districts of Uttarakhand for medicinal plants.