For the first time, Clean Ganga project completed ahead of schedule: Water Resources Sec

New Delhi: Addressing the 4th India Water Impact Summit 2019 in New Delhi today, Secretary, Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation (WR, RD&GR), U.P. Singh, said the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), like the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), will be completed within the stipulated five year period by 2024.

“In a history of projects marred by long delays sometimes pending since 2010, for the first time a 14 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant, the first STP under the Hybrid Annuity (HAM) Based Public Private Partnership Model costing Rs. 41.40 crores, has been completed ahead of schedule,” he said.

Citing the success of the Green Revolution, Singh said India today is placed 3rd among countries with the highest number of large dams. Calling for Sustainable Water Resource Management including restoring ground water levels, Singh said we should avoid over-exploitation of our limited water resources.

Pointing out that India is dependent upon the Monsoon for 70-75% of its water needs, UP Singh said there has been perceptible change in the monsoon pattern, with variations in rainfall area and timeline, as part of overall climate change.

“Areas prone to floods like eastern UP and Bihar are witnessing droughts while dry parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat have been hit by floods. At the same time, the monsoon used to hit Kerala by the last week of May, but now the monsoon hits Kerala coast only as late as the 2nd week of June,” Singh observed.

The Union Minister of Jal Shakti (Water Resources), Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, also addressed the Summit, where he said there has been a massive improvement in the Clean Ganga Mission during the last five years and remarked that 2,000 dolphins were sighted in the river by an expedition.

On the occasion, Shekhawat released the Report on Ambassadors’ Meet held on 22 Aug 2019, Report on River Restoration and Conservation – A Concise Manual and Guide, and Documents on “cGanga Hubs.”

Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Prof. Vinod Tare, founding head c-Ganga, Sisir Kumar Ratho, Deputy Director General – NMCG, besides Ambassadors and High Commissioners of participating countries were also present.

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