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NMCG extends a Hearty Welcome to Hon ble Minister, Jal Shakti

Hon'ble Minister Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has assumed charge with effect from 31st May, 2019 of Ministry of Jal
Shakti at Shram Shakti Bhawan, New Delhi. Shri U.P. Singh, Secretory, Jal Shakti and Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, DG,
NMCG welcoming the Hon'ble Minister at Shram Shakti Bhawan, New Delhi.

From the Editor’s desk...

                                    Dear Patrons,                                 I am happy to also inform you that the prestigious project of Common
                                                                                  Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) for addressing the long festering
                                    By the time you get a copy of the ninth       tanneries effluent in Ganga in Kanpur has been finally awarded and
                                    edition of the Namami Gange Patrika, a        inching towards implementation. This will be a major game changer for
                                    new Ministry of 'Jal Shakti' has been         pollution abatement in Ganga in Kanpur in addition to stopping of sewage
                                    formed with a view to bringing greater        from Sismau Nala on which we informed you in the previous edition.
                                    focus on water related issues especially
                                    water conservation in a more integrated       I have also turned the focus on addressing important ecological
                                    manner. Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat         measures in Ganga rejuvenation specially increasing flow of water,
                                    has taken over as the Hon'ble Minister of     conservation of wetlands, rejuvenation of water bodies and that of
Jal Shakti and Shri Rattan Lal kataria has taken over as Hon'ble Minister of      springs which have a direct impact on conservation and protection of the
State, Jal Shakti, Social Justice & Empowerment as we go for print. I             entire Ganga basin and on ecological protection. As we take the Mission
along with Shri U.P. Singh, our Secretary welcomed the new Hon'ble                forward, we continue to develop more and more partners who are joining
Minister and later I also made a presentation on Namami Gange program             hands in various ways in this Mission Clean Ganga. Interestingly, we are
to the Hon'ble Minister to apprise him of the progress and achievements           now at the cusp of exciting times as states of the Union and even some
under the program. I will keep you updated on the vision and directions of        foreign countries have shown interest in replicating our model for
the Hon'ble Minister in the upcoming editions.                                    cleaning of their river bodies. We recently signed an MoU with
                                                                                  Maharashtra Water Regulatory Authority for knowledge exchange and
We are presenting you the ninth edition which covers the activities of            experience sharing.
National Mission for Clean Ganga during this year till May. The last edition,
eighth in the series was released on 7th February and yes, there has been         One important public outreach activity worth mentioning is the Great
some delay in keeping you posted with the Mission Clean Ganga and it's            Ganga run which we organised in the holy city of Varanasi on 8th March
progress. But believe me dear readers and patrons, the Mission is moving          on the occasion of the International Women's Day. This was a first ever
from strength to strength and scaling newer heights by every passing day.         women's run which was joined by more than 6500 women of different
                                                                                  age groups who showed their commitment to the cause of cleaning
The journey of pollution abatement and wholesome rejuvenation of river            Ganga.
Ganga basin continues with greater pace, focus and commitment. We
continue our partnership with existing stakeholders more intensely and            The projects, initiatives, interventions, engagements and partnerships
are joined by more and more entities from various fields as diverse as            are happening at a feverish pace and at different levels. It's also
experts in solid waste management, ecologists, wetland experts, water             heartening to know that the program is gaining growing public
conservationists and even capital market leaders who are looking at our           recognition and more importantly more and more people are joining
projects with renewed interest. And this response specially for                   hands with the mission. We would keep you all posted with the ever
infrastructure projects is a reflection of the grounding of a number of           growing activities more regularly and will keep coming to you on a
projects in all the five riparian states as well as in other states of the basin  monthly basis hence forth.
like Delhi, Himachal etc. In statistical form, of the total 150 projects of
sewage management, 43 are complete, 59 are at different stages of                                                                    Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, DG,
construction and grounding, and 48 at various stages of tendering and                                                      National Mission for Clean Ganga
likely to be awarded in the coming four to six months. Moving a step
further, we are now aggressively concentrating on pollution abatement of
tributaries like Yamuna, Kali, Ramganga, Damodar, Saryu and others. In
all, NMCG would be making an investment of around `18,000 cores in
infrastructure projects in the coming months and years.
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