Prime Minister Narendra Modi  yesterday inaugurated six mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission through video conference. The projects include construction of a 68 MLD (million liters per day) Sewage Treatment Plant, up gradation of the existing 27 MLD at Jagjeetpur and construction of an 18 MLD Sewage Treatment Plant at Sarai, in Haridwar. The inauguration of 68 MLD Jagjeetpur project marks completion of the first sewage treatment project taken up on hybrid annuity mode of Public Private Partnership. The Haridwar-Rishikesh zone contributes about 80 per cent waste water load into the River Ganga. These plants will play a significant role in keeping the River Ganga clean.

In all, 30 projects  are now complete in Uttarakhand to manage the  pollution from 17 towns near river Ganga. This is a landmark achievement. Addressing the inaugural function, the Prime Minister said, the Ministry of Jal Shakti is now engaged in the mission of delivering water to every house in the country and about 1 lakh families are being connected to pure drinking water facilities every day under the Jalajeevan Mission. He said, drinking water has been delivered to 2 crore families of the country in just 1 year. The logo of the Jal Jeevan Mission and ‘Margdarshika for Gram Panchayats and Paani Samitis under Jal Jeevan Mission’ was also  unveiled by the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said that in Uttarakhand sewage treatment plant capacity has been increased four times following the expansion of the sewage system in the state. He said the river Ganga from its origin in Uttarakhand to the Ganga Sagar in West Bengal, enriches the lives of about half of the country's population and therefore, the cleanliness of the Ganga is necessary. He said  his government moved forward with new thinking and new approach and did not limit the Namami Gange Mission to the cleanliness of Ganga and  made it the largest and comprehensive river conservation programme in the country.

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