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Current Affairs – 04-05-2019

In News:

  •  Only 10 of 100 sewage projects on Ganga have been completed (NMCG) “Of ₹28,000 cr. sanctioned, only ₹6,700 cr. spent till date”

In Brief:

  • 10 of the 100 sewage infrastructure projects commissioned after 2015 under the Namami Gange mission, according to
    records have been completed.
  •  The bulk of the projects completed were those commissioned before the Ganga mission began work in earnest under
    programmes such as the Ganga Action Plan-1 and Ganga Action Plan-2, which began in 1987 and 1996 respectively.
  •  Uttar Pradesh, responsible for about three-fourths of the inadequately treated industrial waste and municipal sewage, had
    18 pre-2015 STP and sewage infrastructure projects commissioned. Only 12 of these have been completed, and only 1 —
    of the 33 projects commissioned after 2015 at the cost of ₹8,000 crore — has been wrapped up, records show.
  •  None of the towns through which the Ganga courses through has water fit for bathing or drinking, according to water
    monitoring reports by the State and Central Pollution Control Board.

About NMCG:

  •  National Mission for Clean Ganga(NMCG) was registered as a society on 12th August 2011 under the
    Societies Registration Act 1860.
  •  It acted as implementation arm of National Ganga River Basin Authority(NGRBA) which was constituted under the provisions of the Environment
    (Protection) Act (EPA),1986.
  •  NGRBA has since been dissolved with effect from the 7th October 2016, consequent to constitution of National
    Council for Rejuvenation, Protection and Management of River Ganga (referred as National Ganga Council)

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