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Centre’s Namami Gange Programme helps revive key rivers in UP

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Rivers in Uttar Pradesh are now on the way to becoming cleaner, with the state government implementing the Centre’s Namami Gange project with full zeal.

The Ganga in Kanpur and Varanasi, the Saryu in Ayodhya, and the Yamuna in Vrindavan are on their way to becoming pollution-free under the Yogi Adityanath-led Government of Uttar Pradesh. The drains falling into these rivers have been tapped and the water of the drains connecting to the Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) is being treated and purified.

As many as 37 drains of these major cities have been prevented from falling into the river. New STPs have been formed on their banks and the sewage of the drains is being purified by tapping. In the last one year, a total of 72 drains have been tapped.

A new STP of 50 Million Litres Daily (MLD) has been prepared in Ramna at a cost of Rs 161.31 crores and three drains falling into the River Ganga have been tapped.

In order to make the river Yamuna in Vrindavan pollution-free, the government has completed the renovation and upgradation of four MLD STPs along with tapping of five drains at a cost of Rs 42.82 crores under the Namami Gange Programme. With the efforts of the government, the water quality of the rivers has also improved a lot.

Anurag Srivastava, Principal Secretary, Namami Gange, and Rural Water Supply Department said, “A campaign is being run on a war footing to make the rivers pollution-free. In particular, the big metropolis from where major rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, and Saryu pass. Along with tapping the drains there, new STPs are being started. Three-tier monitoring is being done for every plan and every work related to the cleanliness of rivers.”

Under the Namami Gange Programme, all the drains falling into the river Saryu in the religious and mythological city of Ayodhya are being tapped and contaminated water is being transported to the sewerage treatment plant. This has improved the water quality of the Saryu in Ayodhya. Here, at a cost of Rs 37.67 crores, work has been done to tap five drains. Along with this, the construction work of 12 MLD STP has also been completed.

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In Bithoor, seven drains have been tapped at a cost of Rs 13.40 crores. The sewage water is being treated at STP and purified. Due to this, the streams of the river have become uninterrupted and pure.

Under the Namami Gange programme, work has also been done on the sewerage scheme at a rapid pace. The work of laying 106.67 km of sewer lines has been completed with a sewerage plan of Rs 430.49 crores. Along with this, 10350 sewer house connections have been made and the work of desilting 182 km length in river Ganga has been completed.

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