In a bid to make 1600 filth-free villages along the Ganga stretch, the centre is all set to implement a four-pronged programme.
- The Government will clean the first phase of Ganga cleaning by October 2016 by initiating the package in village panchayat headquarters along the river banks.
- 6,000 villages will be taken up for the second phase which will be attained in 4 years.
About National Ganga River Basin Authority:
Established in 2009, by the Central Government of India under Section 3(3) of the Environment Protection Act, 1986, which also declared Ganges as the “National River” of India is a financing, planning, implementing, monitoring and coordinating authority for the Ganges River, functioning under the water resource ministry of India.
- The mission of the organisation is to safeguard the drainage basin which feeds water into the Ganges by protecting it from pollution or overuse.
- In July 2014, the NGRBA has been transferred from the Ministry of Environment and Forests to the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.
Initiatives taken for Ganga Cleaning:
- Clean Ganga
- Namami Gange
- Swachh Ganga – Gramin Sahbhagita
- Ganga Vichar Manch, a portal is also created with an aim to initiate interactive dialogues among various stakeholders of the revered river was also launched during the event.