Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated 20 newly constructed/ restored Ghats on river Ganga in Kanpur and Bithoor on 13 August 2018. The Minister also announced projects to tackle pollution from two of Kanpur’s biggest pollution hotspots – Jajmau– a source of industrial effluents and Sisamau – source of domestic sewage.
Gadkari announced that a 20 MLD Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) has been approved forJajmau at an estimated cost of Rs. 554 crore (phase-1) for the treatment of effluent from tanneries.In addition, he also announced that the complete tapping of SisamauNalawould be done by October this year. 140 MLD of sewage from this nalla used to fall untreated into Ganga earlier. Of this, 80 MLD of sewage has already been diverted to Bingawan STP. The remaining diversion will be complete by October this year.
Speaking at a ceremony at Chandrasekhar Azad University in Kanpur, Gadkari said that his Ministry is fully committed to cleaning Ganga and its tributary rivers, and there is no shortage of funds for this purpose. Stressing upon the need to create wealth from waste he said that methane from the sewage in Kanpur can be used for generating Bio-CNG, which can in turn be used for running the city transport.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Uma Bharti, MoS, MOWR, RD & GR, Satya Pal Singh, Kanpur MP Murli Manohar and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
The 20 Ghats that were inaugurated today include Gola Ghat, Sarsaiya Ghat, Bhairav Ghat, Guptar Ghat, Koyala Ghat, Makjain Ghat, Sidhnath Ghat, Bhagwatdas Ghat, Massacre Ghat, Parmat Ghat, Bhairav Ghat, Chappar Ghat, Mahila & Tulsi Ram Ghat, Pandav Ghat, Pathar Ghat, Panchlameshwar Ghat, Sita Ghat, Bharat Ghat, Kaushalya Ghat and TutaGhat.
NamamiGange Projects in Kanpur
National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has sanctioned 10 projects worth Rs. 2192 crore for Kanpur zonewhich includes Kanpur town, Unnao, Shuklaganj and Bithoor. The projects in Pankha (Kanpur), Unnao and Shuklaganj, as also the projects for rehabilitation and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) of the existing STPs at Jajmau&Bingawanhave been taken up under Hybrid AnnuityMode with O&M of 15 years and for the first time, One-Cluster-One-Operator approach has been taken to ensure accountability in operation of STPs and long term sustainability.
In order to improve cleanliness, silt removal and proper upkeep of Ghats in Kanpur and Bithoor zone, NMCG has recently sanctioned a project for regular cleaning of Ghats for 3 years at an estimated cost of Rs. 6.07 crore. A trash skimmer for removal of floating trashis already deployed in Kanpur for river surface cleaning.