Rs 1,573 crore worth 10 projects okayed to clean Ganga

The executive committee of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has given nod to ten projects worth Rs 1,573.28 crore, of which more than half the amount has been earmarked for Agra, the city of Taj Mahal.

According to an official statement, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal are the other states where works to prevent polluted waters from reaching the Ganga, its tributaries and sub-tributaries, have been sanctioned.

At the meeting, it was decided that a comprehensive solution needed to be worked out to address the Yamuna river’s pollution issues in Agra.

Stating that the project for rehabilitation and renovation of Agra Sewerage Scheme (Interception and Diversion Works) has been conceived at a total cost of Rs 857.26 crore, officials said the major components of the project include tapping of 61 nalas or drains, construction of three sewerage treatment plants (STPs) of a total capacity of 166 MLD, construction of 10 decentralised STPs of 9.38 MLD and renovation of two existing STPs, laying of rising main of 17.61 km, and renovation of sewage pumping station (SPS).

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