The Prime Minister,
Shri Narendra Modi, on Thursday evening, reviewed the progress of the
Namaami Gange programme.
During the course of a presentation on the subject, senior officials
from various Government departments apprised the Prime Minister of
action taken so far, and progress made on this programme.
Officials said that the Sewage Treatment Capacity in towns along the
river is being enhanced substantially. Considerable focus is being
placed on large cities along the Ganga main stem, including Haridwar,
Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Howrah and Kolkata.
Intensive monitoring and inspection of Grossly Polluting Industries has
been taken up. Officials said that this has led to considerable
improvement in the water quality of some of the tributaries of the River
Ganga. Parameters such as “Dissolved Oxygen” and “Biochemical Oxygen
Demand” have been studied as part of this assessment.
The Prime Minister was also apprised of the considerable progress made
in Rural Sanitation in villages along the banks of the River Ganga. The
Prime Minister stressed on the need to further increase public awareness
and participation in the task of cleaning the River Ganga.
Top officials from the PMO, NITI Aayog, Ministry of Water Resources,
Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, National Mission for Clean
Ganga and Central Pollution Control Board were present at the meeting.