India’s Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti, and Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu launched Smart Ganga City Scheme on Saturday in 10 cities through video conference.
These cities are – Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mathura-Vrindavan, Varanasi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna, Sahibgunj, and Barrackpore.
National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has chosen these cities in the first phase for infrastructure development for sewage treatment. This will be on hybrid annuity mode based on PPP (Public-Private Partnership) model.
Addressing the function from Ujjain, Uma Bharti said that cooperation of Urban Development Ministry is key to the success of Namami Gange programme.
She said learning from the past experience of gaga action plan, her Ministry this time has gone for hybrid annuity mode based on PPP model.
The Minister said district level mentoring committees will be constituted to monitor the speedy implementation of Namami Gange programme.
The Minister said that though in the first phase only 10 cities have been taken up but gradually more and more cities will be taken up. She said the involvement of district administration and municipal body is key to success of this program.
In his address from Hyderabad, M. Venkaiah Naidu said his Ministry is an integral part of this programme. He expressed the hope that Namami Gange programme having adopted hybrid annuity mode based on PPP model will be a great success.
The District Magistrates / Mayors of the 10 chosen cities participating in the video conference appreciated the Namami Gange programme and promised the full support of state administration and local bodies for its success.
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