The executive committee of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) on Wednesday approved the industrial and sewage pollution reduction projects with an estimated cost of around Rs 38 crore. The 43rd NMCG Executive Committee Meeting was held under the chairmanship of G Asok Kumar, Managing Director, NMCG and was attended by SP Vashishth, ED (Admin), NMCG, DP Mathuria, ED (Technical), NMCG, Himansu Badoni, ED (Projects), NMCG, Bhaskar Dasgupta, ED (Finance), NMCG and Richa Misra, JS&FA, Department of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti.
Projects relating to reduction of industrial pollution and sewage through new technologies, reforestation, landscape development of Kalindi Kunj ghat and others were approved at the EC meeting at an estimated cost of around 38 crore rupees. A project titled “Reforestation Schemes in the States of Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal 2022-23” has been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 10.30 crore which includes planting, maintenance, strengthening capacity building, training and sensitization in the two main states of the Ganges Basin.
The intervention aims to improve forest cover, enhance forest diversity and productivity, biodiversity conservation and sustainable land and ecosystem management for better circulation of ecosystem services, sustainable livelihoods and conservation. of the Ganges river landscape. Approval “in principle” was also given to the landscape development of the Kalindi Kunj ghat which would include the creation of eco-friendly seating, litter bins, shade and plantings with the aim of facilitating connection between the people and the river.
For the reduction of industrial pollution, a pilot project for the installation and commissioning of a modular effluent treatment plant based on electrochemical technology with a capacity of 100 KLD has been approved at an estimated cost of approximately Rs 77 lakh. The project will treat water discharged by some textile industries in Mathura for the Yamuna River. The project aims to reduce waste water discharges (pollution and chemical load as well) through the adoption of ecological and green technologies.
Another pilot project titled “Upgrade/integration of existing UASB system with micro-aerobic processes under Research, Studies, Pilot and Training, Workshop, Seminar, Publication, etc.” was approved at an estimated cost of Rs 3 crores. The study pursues the goal of a concept of zero discharge and resource recovery from wastewater treatment using the Upflow Anaerobic Sludge Blanket (UASB) process. The possible outcome of the pilot study would be the recovery of nutrients and energy in the form of biogas and treated effluent that could be used for non-potable purposes. For sewage pollution at Gauri Kund and Tilwara in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, a project costing Rs 23.37 crore has also been approved for the construction of sewage treatment plants with capacities (200 KLD + 10KLD + 6KLD + 100KLD), among other works. (ANI)
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