A high-level panel of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) on Monday approved various projects worth approximately Rs 400 crore for development of ghats (river fronts) and crematoria at different places along the river Ganga from Uttarakhand to West Bengal under the Centre’s ambitious Namami Gange programme.
The projects, approved by the empowered steering committee of the NGRBA, include development of ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Rudraprayag to Guptkashi in Uttarakhand; Kanpur, Allahabad, Bithoor and Bijnor (on Ramganga) in Uttar Pradesh; Kahalgaon in Bihar; Sahibganj and Rajmahal in Jharkhand and Bhatpara and Naihati in West Bengal.
The NGRBA is a key central body which monitors planning and execution of all schemes of Ganga rejuvenation in coordination with five river basin states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The projects were cleared on Monday under the ‘Namami Gange’ programme for which the central government had last year sanctioned Rs 20,000 crore for five years during the 2015-2020 period.
The projects, cleared by the NGRBA’s committee, also include interception and diversion of flow of ‘Sisamau’ and other ‘nalas’ (drains) of Kanpur city at the cost of Rs 63.80 crore and an afforestation programme in West Bengal at an estimated cost of Rs 11.16 crore.
“The developments of ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Rudraprayag to Guptkashi in Uttrakahand will be taken up at Sumari, Tilwara, Silli, Augustmuni and Triveni ghats at a cost of Rs. 26 crore,” said the ministry of water resources in a statement.
According to the break-up of the estimates for some of these projects, the development works of ghats and crematoria in Allahabad will be taken up at cost of Rs 88.03 crore whereas similar work will be taken up in Bijnor in UP at Rs 12.19 crore.
A total of Rs 23.64 crore will be incurred towards modernization and new construction of ghats including public amenities, crematoria and river front development work in Kahalgaon, Bihar and an expenditure of Rs 42.26 crore will be incurred on the development of ghats and crematoria in the stretch from Sahibganj to Rajmahal in Jharkhand.
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