October 23, 2020

Prod to Ganga projects in Bihar

Patna: The Centre wants to speed up projects under Namami Ganga in Bihar.

The director-general, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, held a review meeting on Tuesday in New Delhi about projects in Bihar under the Namami Gange programme and urged the officials of the state government, executing agencies and contractors to expedite the work.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Bihar in October last year and April this year and laid the foundation stone for sewerage plants in Bihar.

In Bihar, presently 29 projects are sanctioned which are at various stages of implementation at a sanctioned cost of Rs 4,942.13 crore. In the meeting, it was decided that tenders will be called on sewerage projects in Munger, Hajipur, Begusarai and Bhagalpur by the end of this month.

Mishra reviewed the progress of eight projects for which Modi had laid the foundation stone in Mokama and Motihari on October 14, 2017 and April 10, 2018 respectively. While in Mokama, the foundat ion stone was laid for four projects in Beur and Karmalichak sewerage zones of Patna, in Motihari, Modi laid the foundation stone for four projects in Pahari and Saidpur zones of Patna.

The Union minister for water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari, had said during the signing of the concession agreement for the Mathura project on June 13, 2018 that the Government is determined to clean the tributaries of Ganga.

During Tuesday’s meeting with Mishra, a detailed discussion was carried out on the projects being taken up on the tributaries of the Ganga in Bihar. The towns in Bihar for which detailed project reports (DPRs) are being prepared are Supaul, Madhepura, Samastipur, Arwal, Gopalganj, Bagaha, Lakhisarai and Jamui. These projects will be taken up on the Kosi, Burhi Gandak, Mahananda, Sone, Gandak, Kiul and Bagmati tributaries of the Ganga.

Mishra, along with other senior officials, took stock of the progress of all projects going on in Bihar under the Namami Gange programme. Apart from the representatives of the state government and the executing agencies, the meeting was also attended by the representatives of contractors. Urging the state government officials to ensure that deadlines are adhered to, Mishra exhorted the contractors to expedite the work and keep to the deadline of the projects.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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