‘PURITY OF MAA GANGA IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY’
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi chaired the National Ganga Council meet held on 30th December 2022 via video conferencing in Kolkata. Shri Modi said that the meeting of Council provides a great opportunity to discuss ways to further strengthen the Namami Gange initiative. PM Modi also spoke about ways to enhance cleanliness efforts including expanding the network of sewage treatment plants in the smaller towns. During the meeting, PM emphasized on ways to enhance various forms of herbal farming along the Ganga. PM Shri Modi said that the purity of Maa Ganga is our common heritage and also our responsibility. Our forefathers have given us a precious heritage and it is our destiny to hand over this heritage to future generations in the same condition and with same purity.
The purity of Maa Ganga is our common heritage and also our responsibility. Our forefathers have given us a precious heritage and it is our destiny to hand over this heritage to future generations in the same condition and with same purity
Prior to the meeting, PM Shri Modi also laid foundation stone and dedicated Namami Gange and Drinking Water & Sanitation Projects to the nation via video conferencing. The Prime Minister inaugurated 7 sewerage infrastructure projects (20 Sewage Treatment Plants and 612 km network) at a cost of more than Rs 990 crore. These projects will beneﬁt municipalities of Nabadwip, Kacharapra, Halishar, Budge-Budge, Barrackpore, Chandan Nagar, Bansberia, UttraparaKotrung, Baidyabati, Bhadreshwar, Naihati, Garulia, Titagarh, and Panihati. These projects will add the sewage treatment capacity of over 200 MLD in the State of West Bengal.
Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for 5 sewerage infrastructure projects (8 Sewage Treatment Plants and 80 Km Network) to be developed under National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) at an estimated cost of Rs 1,585 crore. These projects will add 190 MLD new STP capacity in West Bengal. These projects will beneﬁt areas of North Barrackpore, Hooghly-Chinsura, Kolkata KMC area- Garden Reach & Adi Ganga (TollyNala) and Mahestala town.
The Prime Minister reﬂected on the importance of the project for Rejuvenation of River Adi Ganga, infamously known as TollyNala, and a tributary of Ganga, in Kolkata. Recognizing the bad situation of the river, the project has been approved by NMCG at an estimated cost of Rs. 653.67 crore that includes construction of modern sewerage infrastructure comprising of 3 Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) of 10 Million Litres per Day (MLD), 11.60 MLD and 3.5 MLD capacities. This project is 100% centrally sponsored. Prime Minister stressed that holistic preventive steps are being taken under the programme towards cleaning and rejuvenation of rivers.