The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) approved eight new projects worth around Rs 638 crore under the 'Namami Gange' programme. This includes four projects worth Rs 407 crore for cleaning river Hindon, a tributary of Yamuna river, in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh, and a standalone project for the development of seven ghats in Prayagraj in preparation for the Mahakumbh in 2025.
The four projects in Shamli district aim to prevent the flow of polluted water into the Krishni river, which discharges pollution from Shamli district into the highly polluted stretch of river Hindon. They include the construction of sewage treatment plants, septage co-treatment facilities, interception and diversion works in various towns and villages of Shamli district.
The project for ghat development in Prayagraj includes Dashashmedh Ghat, Quila Ghat, Naukayan Ghat, Gyan Ganga Ashram Ghat, Saraswati Ghat, Maheva Ghat, and Rasulabad Ghat, with amenities such as bathing areas, changing rooms, ramps for universal access, drinking water points, and kiosks.
The remaining three projects are two sewerage management projects, one each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, and another project for ghat development in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, where the 'Akhand Param Dham' ghat is going to be constructed.
These new projects are part of the ongoing efforts under the Namami Gange programme to rejuvenate and clean the river Ganga and its tributaries.