National Mission for Clean Ganga, NMCG has approved 14 Projects worth one thousand Rs 145 crore pertaining to sewerage management, industrial pollution abatement River Front Development and Decentralized Wastewater Treatment. These include eight projects of sewerage management in five main stem Ganga basin states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal.
These projects were approved at the 45th meeting of the Executive Committee of NMCG held under the chairmanship of Director General, NMCG G. Asok Kumar. Ministry of Jal Shakti in a statement said that for sewerage management, four projects in Uttar Pradesh were approved including the tapping of Assi drain in Varanasi by constructing a 55 million litres per day Sewage Treatment Plant, STP, and other works costing around Rs 308 crore. The project was sanctioned with the objective of achieving zero untreated discharge from three drains Assi, Sanme ghat, and Nakhha. Other projects include the construction of 13 MLD STP, and the renovation of existing structures in Vrindavan City costing over Rs 77 crore
A big project for the establishment of four Biodiversity Parks in four districts of Uttar Pradesh namely Hapur, Bulandshahar, Badaun, and Mirzapur has also been approved at an estimated cost of around Rs 25 crore. The NMCG also approved indicative funds of Rs 45 crore for the installation of decentralized wastewater treatment systems in the main stem Ganga basin States.