The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has cleared sewage treatment projects worth ₹1,388 crore in Uttar Pradesh towns, including Meerut and Etawah, along the Yamuna river, a major tributary of the Ganga, an official statement said on Monday.

The executive committee of NMCG, which held its 20th meeting last Friday, gave its approval to the projects that involved construction and renovation of sewage treatment plants (STPs), their online monitoring and other related infrastructure projects.

Project details

Among the projects cleared is the setting up of a new STP for treatment of 200 million litres per day (MLD) capacity in Meerut, interception and diversion of existing sewer lines and development of rising mains at a cost of ₹682 crore. In Agra, the projects cleared included online monitoring of six STPs, automation and renovation of existing sewage pumping stations and maintenance work at a projected cost of ₹317 crore.

The NMCG also cleared sewage infrastructure projects worth ₹ 140.6 crore in Etawah. They include interception and diversion of Tixi Nala, upgradation of existing STPs including chlorination systems, a new STP of 21 MLD and online monitoring system of three STPs. The project also includes the operations and maintenance of the approved projects at a cost of ₹50 crore.

The Clean Ganga Mission also gave its go-ahead to projects worth ₹51 crore in Firozabad, ₹ 77 crore worth works in Baghpat and a faecal sludge management project in Chunar, to be implemented with the help of the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.

Besides, several projects aimed at reviving aquatic biodiversity of the Ganga river received nod from the mission, the statement said.