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What is the News?
The Government of India is currently implementing several initiatives under the Namami Gange Programme to clean the polluted rivers of Ganga.
Namami Gange Programme:
- Launched in: The Programme was launched in 2014. It is an Integrated Conservation Mission under the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
- Aim: To achieve effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of the National River(Ganga).
- Main Pillars of the Programme:
- Sewerage Treatment Infrastructure,
- River-Surface Cleaning,
- Industrial Effluent Monitoring,
- River-Front Development,
- Public Awareness among others.
- Implementation: National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is the implementing agency of the Namami Gange Programme at the national level.
- National Mission for Clean Ganga(NMCG): It is a statutory authority. It is established under the National Council for River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Act, 2016.
- Projects under the programme: Presently, sewerage infrastructure works for pollution abatement is under execution on 13 tributaries of river Ganga. These include Yamuna, Kosi, Saryu, Ramganga, Kali(West), Kali (East), Gomti, Kharkari, Burhi Gandak, Banka, Damodar, Rispana-Bindal and Chambal.