Published On: Tue, Jul 5th, 2016

New act for Namami Gange says Uma Bharti 6th meeting of the National Ganga river basin authority held

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i20167402New Delhi; Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said that a new act will be formulated for speedy implementation of Namami Gange programme. Chairing the 6th meeting of the National Ganga River Basin Authority in New Delhi today the Minister said that five Ganga basin states have agreed in principle to this idea. Sushri Bharti said that an expert committee under the guidance of Justice (Retd.) Shri Girdhar Malaviya, member NGRBA will make suggestions regarding the proposed act. The Minister also announced setting of a committee on de-silting under the chairmanship Shri Madhav Chitale, member NGBRA. Sushri Bharti said that very soon 20 trash skimmers will be put in operation along the entire stretch of river Ganga in addition of the five machine already in operation.

Referring to river front development Sushri Bharti informed that 1242 ghats and drains in 411 villages have been identified for this purpose and very soon work will start there. She said out of 118 towns along the river Ganga detailed survey of 59 towns has been completed and 27 reports have been prepared. 50 more reports will be received by this month end. The Minister said that Wild Life Institute of India has been selected to suggest majors for conservation of dolphins, crocodiles and other species. In addition to this, Central Inlands Fisheries Research Institute has been asked to undertake various majors for the conservation of various types of fish. Sushri Bharti said that on the basis of recommendations of the Forest

Research Institute, trees will be planted in 2700 hect. areas along the river Ganga during the current financial year. The Minister said 57 manual and five real time monitoring stations have already started functioning to monitor the quality of water of river Ganga. In addition to this 113 more real time stations will be set up by March next year.

The members attending the meeting raised various issues pertaining to sand mining desilting, Ganga Act etc. They expressed their satisfaction over the progress of namami Gange program and various initiatives taken up by the Ministry of Water Resources. There was detailed discussion on the issue of industrial effluents. The representative of CPCB appraised the members about the progress in this regard an informed that real time effluents monitoring stations have been set up in 508 grossly polluting industries. He said closer notice have been issued 150 such industries.

Union Minister for Science and Technology Shri Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Chaudhary Birender Singh, Union Minister Tourism and Culture Shri Mahesh Sharma, Water Resources Ministers of various states and senior officials from various states and Ministries attended the meeting.

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