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Kanpur: As part of its endeavour to achieve ‘aviral aur nirmal’ (continuous and clean) flow of Ganga under the Namami Gange project, IIT-Kanpur has started technical survey in five villages close to the river.The team is working on three aspects during the survey – do villagers use toilets, where is the solid waste discharged and what is the arrangement for sanitation and water supply.

The team also found out the number of domestic animals and the arrangement for their drinking water.

Prof Vinod Tare of IIT-K, who is closely associated with the Namami Gange project, said 13 prominent educational institutions have adopted 65 villages situated on the banks of Ganga. These institutions include NIT Uttarakhand, IIT-Roorkee, Aligarh Muslim University, NIT Allahabad, IIT-BHU, ISM-Dhanbad and IIT-Kharagpur.

“These 65 villages are situated on the river bank between Alaknanda to Gangasagar. Ganga travels through seven states and covers a distance of 2,500 kms before flowing into Bay of Bengal,” said Prof Tare who has been working on Ganga for the past two decades.

Abhishek Gaur, senior project associate at IIT-K and part of the team, said the survey is almost complete in Ramel Nagar, Khayora Katri, Pratappur Hari, Hindupur and Ludhawakhera villages situated close to Ganga.

Tare said preparations are on to construct a new ghat at the barrage. He said soon the work of renovation of the city ghats will begin.

In Bithoor, beautification of the ghats would be done by Kanpur Development Authority (KDA).