PM Modi inaugurates 175 Km Sewerage Network in Prayagraj; NMCG sanctions funds for Kumbh Mela

• Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 16, 2018, inaugurated various projects worth Rs 199.65 crore under Namami Gange Programme in Prayagraj, including 175 KM of sewerage network.

• The projects will prevent 7.8 crore litres of sewage from flowing untreated into Ganga River every day.

• This untreated sewage water will be carried every day to existing Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) at Salori, Kodra & Ponghat for treatment.

• The projects were inaugurated in the presence of UP Governor Ram Naik, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, and Minister of Urban Development Suresh K Khanna.

Foundation stone laid for two projects in the Trans Ganga/Yamuna area

• Prime Minister Modi also laid the foundation stone for two projects in the Trans Ganga/Yamuna area under ‘One City-One Operator Scheme’ with a sanctioned cost of Rs 767.59 crore.

• The project is based on Hybrid Annuity based PPP mode that includes Operations and Maintenance of the entire sewerage infrastructure for 15 years.

• These projects include Intersection and diversion (I and D) of sewage network, 7 sewage pumping stations and 3 STPs of the total capacity of 72 million litres per day (MLD).

• These 3 STPs of 72 MLD capacity will be – Naini (42 MLD), Phaphamau (14 MLD) and Jhusi (16 MLD).

• With these projects, there will be comprehensive sewerage coverage of Prayagraj, including areas on the other side of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers.

Projects already sanctioned under Namami Gange Programme

• Under Namami Gange Programme, 10 projects have been already sanctioned at an estimated cost of Rs 2915.78 crore for creation of 779 Km sewerage network and construction of 8 STPs having a total capacity of 191 MLD.

• 4 projects were completed during 2016, leading to the creation of sewage treatment capacity of 119 MLD and laying of 129 km of sewerage network.

• 2 Projects pertaining to Sewerage District A & B in Prayagraj are under advanced stage of execution and are expected to be completed by March 2019.

• These projects will lead to the creation of 456 Km of sewerage network and would feed to existing STPs at Naini and Numayadahi.

NMCG sanctions funds for Kumbh Mela

• The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) on December 15, 2018, sanctioned a financial assistance of Rs. 113 crores for the construction of 27,500 toilets & 20,000 urinals in Uttar Pradesh during Kumbh Mela 2019.

• With this funding, NMCG aims to support the sanitation initiative of the Government to reduce pollution in river Ganga before Kumbh begins.

• NMCG sanctioned additional Rs 16.68 crore for ‘Paint My City’ and other such activities.

• The ‘Paint My City’ campaign aims to connect people with the city and make it clean and beautiful on the eve of the Kumbh.

• The authority allocated another Rs 3.6 crore for 16000 dustbins and lining bags.

• Bioremediation projects have been also sanctioned for 53 drains.

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