Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti has announced setting up of a Committee of Secretaries to speed up the implementation of Namami Gange Programme. Chairing the first meeting of the empowered task force on River Ganga in New Delhi recently, the Minister announced that Secretaries of Water Resources, Environment and Forest and Drinking Water and Sanitation will be its members. The Committee will meet at least once in a fortnight.

Reviewing the progress of the Namami Gange programme Sushri Bharti said that first, old liabilities have to be completed and new initiatives should be segregated from it. She said immediately after the ensuing exams, students from Schools and Colleges located along the river Ganga should be persuaded to join Namami Gange Programme in their own way. Expressing dissatisfaction over the slow progress in obtaining NoCs from various states especially Uttarakhand and UP, the Minister said we have to look into it and sort it out at the earliest. She urged various states to constitute States and District level Ganga committees at the earliest.

The Meeting was attended by Secretary M/o Water Resources, Secretary M/o Drinking Water and Sanitation and senior officials from various centre Ministries and State Governments.

Giving an overview of the progress achieved, the Minister informed that presently 42 sewage infrastructure projects are under execution. These 42 projects envisage creating 327.93 MLD sewage treatment capacities. Till December 2016, 253.50 MLD sewage treatment capacities have been created. Sewer Network of 3896.55 km is to be laid under these projects. Sewer network of 1060.96 km has been laid and balance work is under progress. The Minister informed that currently, eight projects of sewage treatment plants are under execution at a total cost of Rs. 348.76 crore. These projects envisage the creation of 109.40 MLD treatment capacities. Till December 2016, treatment capacity created was 33.40 MLD.