Namami Gange Programme

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    The Union government’s flagship Namami Gange programme, conceived to improve the sanitation levels in the Ganga river is now geared towards conservation, tourism, and providing economic livelihoods.

    • the thrust of decisions focused on having the Tourism Ministry develop a “comprehensive plan” for developing tourism circuits along the Ganga in line with “ Arth Ganga, organic farming, and cultural activities.

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    • Arth Ganga, or harnessing economic potential from the Ganga, follows from a directive by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2019 after chairing a similar meeting of the Ganga task force.

    About ‘Namami Gange Programme’

    • It is an Integrated Conservation Mission, approved as a ‘Flagship Programme’ by the Union Government in June 2014 with a budget outlay of Rs.20,000 Crore to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation, and rejuvenation of the National River Ganga.
    • It is dynamic and evolving in nature to address the emerging needs and priorities for the rejuvenation of river Ganga & its tributaries. 
    • The main pillars of the Namami Gange Programme are
      • Sewerage Treatment Infrastructure
      • River-Front Development
      • River-Surface Cleaning
      • Bio-Diversity
      • Afforestation
      • Public Awareness
      • Industrial Effluent Monitoring
      • Ganga Gram

    Source: TH