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Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita Initiative Launched
Apr 22, 2015

Union Ministry for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has called for close coordination with Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) to achieve the goal of clean Ganga. The Ministry also launched the Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita, a sustainable initiative with ULBs situated on the banks of the river Ganga.

 National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), an autonomous society under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has launched Nirmal Ganga Sahbhagita for initiating a sustainable partnership with 118 Urban Local Bodies located along the River for a Clean Ganga.

♦ To convert the devotion of clean Ganga into a big public movement ULBs have a major role to play in this regard as they are directly communicating with the people at the grass root level. 

Main objectives of themNirmal Ganga Sahbhagita is to provide required assistance by the Centre to Urban Local Bodies for following activities:

  • Formation of Ganga Project Implementation Units (PIU) in various towns to enable implementation of the ‘Clean Ganga’ Programme at the town level.

  • Systematic Solid Waste Management near Ghats and confluence of drains into the river.

  • Maintaining the 500 metre area along River Ganga and connecting drains as a litter-free zone.

  • Providing livelihood opportunities for unemployed youth to monitor the litter free zone and the health of the river.

  • Public Outreach Activities 

For this purpose, NMCG will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with each ULB and work with them to achieve the cherished objective of a Clean Ganga. 

Untreated municipal sewage account for the bulk (over 75 percent) of pollution in Ganga, mostly generated by the larger cities. Currently the responsibility for provision of adequate sanitation and waste management services overlap considerably across the State Governments and the Urban Local Bodies. 

Ownership and commitment of local agencies, supported by an incentive to recover Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs, is required to progressively build technical and management capacity for effective implementation of Clean-up Programme of River Ganga.


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