Namami Gange Programme was launched in June 2014 for a period up to 31st March, 2021. The programme was aimed to rejuvenate River Ganga and its tributaries with a budgetary outlay of US$ 2.42 billion (Rs.20,000 crore). With a financial allocation of US$ 2.72 billion (Rs. 22,500 crores) until 2026, the Government of India has further approved Namami Gange Mission-II. This budget includes projects for existing liabilities (US$ 1.36 billion (Rs. 11,225 Crore)) as well as new projects/interventions (US$ 1.36 billion (Rs.11,275 crore)).
From 2014-15 through January 31, 2023, the Government of India has given the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) a total of US$ 1.70 billion (Rs.14,084.72 crore). Of that amount, the NMCG has given out US$ 1.64 billion (Rs.13,607.18 crore) to State Governments, State Missions for Clean Ganga, and other organisations for the implementation of projects related to Ganga rejuvenation.
A wide range of interventions, including wastewater treatment, solid waste management, riverfront management (including the development of ghats and crematoria), e-flow, afforestation, biodiversity preservation, and public participation, among others, have been undertaken as part of the Namami Gange Programme to revitalise the Ganga and its tributaries.
Through the corresponding State Pollution Control Boards, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is conducting research for the Namami Gange Programme's water quality evaluation of the River Ganga at 97 places in 5 main stem States (SPCBs). The primary water quality standards for outdoor bathing are determined by the river's water quality. River water can only be used for drinking after receiving the necessary treatment, in accordance with the CPCB's certified best-use water quality guidelines for drinking water.
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