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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on 18th may 2017 reviewed the progress of the Namaami Gange programme.
1.Sewage Treatment Capacity in towns along the river is being enhanced substantially.
2.Considerable focus is being placed on large cities along the Ganga main stem, including Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Howrah and Kolkata.
3.Intensive monitoring and inspection of Grossly Polluting Industries has been taken up this has led to considerable improvement in the water quality of some of the tributaries of the River Ganga.
4. Parameters such as “Dissolved Oxygen” and “Biochemical Oxygen Demand” have been studied as part of this assessment.
5.Considerable progress made in Rural Sanitation in villages along the banks of the River Ganga.
About Namaami Gange Programme:
‘Namami Gange Programme’, is an Integrated Conservation Mission, approved as ‘Flagship Programme’ by the Union Government in June 2014 with budget outlay of Rs.20,000 Crore to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.
Under the project 8 states are covered. Dept of Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation proposes to make 1,632 gram panchayats by the Ganga open defecation-free by 2022, at a cost of Rs 1,700 cr (central share).