Ganga Gram Project launched to make 4,470 Ganga Villages Swachh and fully developed


Launched by

  • Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS)

Venue

  • Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

‘Ganga Gram’ – a project for sanitation based integrated development of all 4470 villages along the River Ganga.

The Ganga Gram Swachhta Sammelan was attended by more than 1400 delegates including 500 village sarpanches from all five Ganga States (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal), State and District government officials, NMCG Members and Ganga Swachhta Manch volunteers.

Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development appealed to the village sarpanches to pledge unconditional support to making River Ganga and Ganga Grams ‘swachh’. Highlighting the various Government interventions towards making the Ganga ‘Nirmal’ Shri Gadkari, announced that funds will be generated from NRIs to support the various Ganga projects.

Sushri Uma Bharti, Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation advised to let development take place only if adequate care and precaution is taken in the project to protect the environment of the Ganga. Highlighting the commitment of the Government towards the Ganga, she informed that Evaluation and Monitoring Systems and Process feature prominently in all Ganga rejuvenation projects.

Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation is the nodal agency for implementation of the Ganga Gram Project. Since the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission in October 2014, the Ministry has constructed 5.72 crore toilets and has made 2.96 lakh villages, 262 districts, 6 States and 2 Union Territories, open defecation free. For the Ganga Gram Project the Ministry works in close coordination with NMCG, various Ministries, State Government and Distrcts.

The Sammelan was followed by a review meeting on Swachh Bharat Mission- Gramin and Drinking Water. The review meeting was presided by the Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, in which Sanitation ministers from various states including Uttarakhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Haryana, Assam and senior officers of the ministry and states were also present.


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