NMCG awarded Distinction as ‘Public Water Agency of the Year’ at Global Water Summit, London
National Mission for Clean Ganga has been awarded Distinction as the ‘Public Water Agency of the Year’ by Global Water Intelligence at the Global Water Summit in London on 9th April 2019.The coveted Global Water Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, the major business conference for the water industry worldwide.
The Global Water Awards recognize excellence across the entire international water industry and reward those initiatives in the water, wastewater, and desalination sectors which bring remarkable improvements in the lives of people.
The Namami Gange Program is an integrated mission for Ganga rejuvenation. It has a comprehensive multi-sectoral intervention with multi- stakeholder involvement and adopts a basin based approach which includes Ganga and its tributaries. The Namami Gange Mission aims at providing comprehensive and sustainable solutions for major pollution hot spots along the stretch of 97 towns and 4465 villages on the Ganga stem. This mission is not only constructing new infrastructures but also rehabilitating the old and dilapidated STPs as well as ensuring Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of all assets hence created.
A total of 289 projects have so far been sanctioned at a cost of INR 28,377/- crores out of which 87 projects have been completed. 151 sewerage projects, 112 on the main stem of the Ganga and 39 projects on the tributaries, at a sanctioned cost of Rs. 23,158.93 crores have been approved for creation of 3732 Million liters per day (MLD) new Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) capacity, 1114 MLD rehabilitated STP capacity and laying of approximately 4971.01 km sewerage networks. Till date, 37 projects of pollution abatement have been completed, which has resulted in laying of 2565 km sewer networks and of 575 MLD of STP capacity in the Ganga basin. 63 projects are under execution and 51 are under various stages of tendering. 35 projects are expected to be completed in 2019 and 65 by 2020.
The 10 cities including Haridwar, Kanpur, Varanasi, Prayagraj and Kolkata which contribute more than 64% of the pollution in Ganga have been comprehensively covered in all aspects under the Mission. Kanpur has been the hotspot of major pollution on the Ganga stem. In a significant step taken to address the challenge of industrial pollution in Kanpur, a 20 MLD Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Jajmau with an estimated cost of Rs. 617 Cr. has been sanctioned. A major achievement has been the interception and diversion of wastewater from Sisamau Drain that discharged nearly 140 MLD untreated sewage every day into river Ganga to the STP for treatment and had been on the agenda since Ganga Action Plan I. One city One operator approach for Kanpur, Unnao and Shuklaganj, where a single operator is made responsible for the entire sewage infrastructure of a city including the O&M, to ensure single point accountability, desired performance, and long term sustenance, has been rolled out in major cities such as Farukhabad, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Mathura, Agra, Bhagalpur, Kolkata, Howrah, etc.
Other significant milestones achieved include:
- Issue of the Notification regarding minimum e-flow in river Ganga on 9th October, 2018 addressed the apprehensions regarding drought and the river Ganga drying up. The notification also emphasises upon demand side management to bring in water conservation and improve water efficiency by adopting good and scientific practices such as efficient methods of irrigation, reuse and recycle of water, and regulation of ground water withdrawal.
- Over-exploitation of river water is being tackled through recycle/reuse of treated sewerage for the first time. Re-use of 2 cr. litres of treated wastewater in Mathura Refinery is an important step in propagating waste-to-wealth approach and saving the water-stressed Yamuna river.
- Ensuring Swachh Kumbh by checking of polluted flows from 53 drains using bioremediation, financial assistance for 27500 toilets, 20000 urinals and 16500 dust bins with lining bags, construction of 6 ghats and active public outreach through Paint my City campaign.
- 28 sewerage infrastructure projects with 643 MLD treatment capacity taken up in 18 towns of Bihar at a cost of Rs 5220.81cr. enhancing current capacity by 10 times.
- 162 ghats, 55 crematoria in addition to River Front Development in Patna and Haridwar sanctioned; 87 Ghats & 24 Crematoria completed.
- Afforestation and biodiversity conservation campaigns along Ganga.
- Marking a major shift in implementation, the Mission is focusing on involving people living on the banks of the river to attain sustainable results.