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Despite Clean Ganga Mission, 1.3 Billion Litres Of Waste Flows Into Ganga Every Day

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| April 20 , 2018 , 09:08 IST

Considered to be a sacred river, the Ganga still receives around 1.3 billion litres of waste every single day, despite the government's flagship National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG).

While the NMCG has created a sewage treatment capacity of around 259 million litres per day (MLD), the amount is still only 11 percent of the 2,311 MLD the programme seeks to create, media reported on Friday. Therefore, there is more than 1,300 MLD of sewage flowing into the main stem of the Ganga per day.

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The Mission has 193 projects on its agenda, including 100 sewage treatment projects and has so far completed 49 projects, using 21 percent of the funds sanctioned for all the projects. Till March 2018, the Mission had completed 20 of the total 100 sewage treatment projects.

From the 10 sewage treatment projects, 43 are old ones where work began before 2015 while the remaining 57 are new projects. From the 43 old projects, 17 have so far been completed with a treatment capacity of 259 MLD. Although 3 new projects have also been completed, the related works have not which is why the overall capacity has not been increased.

The National Mission for Clean Ganga, also known as the Namami Gange programme, was approved by the cabinet on May 13 as a comprehensive approach to rejuvenate the Ganga by the inclusion of all its tributaries under one umbrella at a total cost of Rs 20,000 crore for 5 years.

From the sanctioned Rs 20,000 crore, the allocated cost for sewage infrastructure is Rs 16,600 crore, making it the largest component of the entire programme, out of which only Rs 2,814 crore or 17 percent has been used so far.

Rajiv Kishore, executive director (administration) said to TOI, “It took some time to create a set up and posting of people..You can’t expect sewage treatment plants to start functioning within two years. . By this year-end, some projects will start treating sewage.”