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Govt has released 3,633 crore in 3 years for cleaning Ganga and beautifying ghats

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Minister of State for Water Resources Satyapal Singh also said in a written reply that construction and beautification of 228 of the total 361 ghats sanctioned have been completed till now under the Centre’s Namami Gange programme.
Construction of 228 ghats completed, says Union Minister. The government has released 3,633 crore between 2014-15 and 2016-17 for cleaning the Ganga and beautifying ghats along it, the Lok Sabha was informed.
– 180 ghats in Bengal
Of these, 189 ghats are located along the river’s stretch in West Bengal. In Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand works on 20, 16, two and one ghats have been completed till date respectively, he added.
The Minister said 154 priority drains and 1,109 grossly polluting industries (GPIs) have been identified along the river, most of which are located in Uttar Pradesh.
– Longest stretch in U.P.
Of the five basin States, the longest stretch of the Ganga is in Uttar Pradesh.
Highlighting the steps taken by the government to abate pollution in the river, the Minister said, surprise inspection of GPIs is carried out for compliance verification of the stipulated environmental norms.
Out of the 1,109 GPIs inspected, 538 were found to be non-complying and 358 of those were issued closure directions and 180 have been given show cause notices, he said.
– Anti-pollution steps
Implementation of water conservation measures in industrial sectors and establishment/upgradation of sewage treatment plants/common effluent treatment plants in the towns located along Ganga’s mainstream and tributaries are among the steps taken by the government to curb pollution in the river, the Minister added.

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