About Namami Gange
- Namami Gange Programme is an Integrated Conservation Mission, approved as a Flagship Programme by the Union Government in June 2014 with a budget outlay of Rs.20,000 Crore.
- The twin objectives are
- Effective abatement of pollution
- Conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.
Main Pillars of the programme are
- Sewage water treatment
- River Front development
- River surface cleaning
- Biodiversity conservation
- Public awareness
- Ganga Gram
- Industrial effluent monitoring
More about the programme
- Namami Gange Programme is an umbrella programme which integrates previous and currently ongoing initiatives by enhancing efficiency, extracting synergies and supplementing them with more comprehensive & better coordinated interventions.
- Projects included: Projects of sewerage infrastructure, bioremediation, modular Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), rural sanitation, industrial pollution abatement, river front development, construction of ghats and crematoria development, ghat cleaning, river surface cleaning, biodiversity and afforestation, composite ecological task force and capacity building.
- Namami Gange is being implemented by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), and its state counterparts—State Programme Management Groups. NMCG would establish field offices wherever necessary.
- The National Ganga Council (NGC) was created.
- NGC has on board the chief ministers of five Ganga basin states—Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal—besides several Union ministers and it was supposed to meet once every year.
- It was formed under the River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities Order, 2016.
- This Order dissolved the National Ganga River Basin Authority and replaced it with the National Ganga Council.
- This Council has the overall responsibility of preventing pollution and rejuvenating the Ganga River Basin, including the River Ganga and its tributaries.