The Centre has decided not to approve any new hydro-power project on the Ganga. The move will help the government in its river cleaning efforts as dams which are part of such projects obstruct the ecological flow (e-flow) hampering the river’s self-cleansing ability.
Apex auditor CAG is likely to submit around 11-12 reports, including on railway bio-toilets, Ganga rejuvenation and Kudankulam nuke plant, in Parliament this session, according to official sources.
The government is all set to launch 150 projects on Ganga by March, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today while asking investors to join hands with the Centre in cleaning of the river.
Faced with the herculean task of fulfilling the BJP-led government’s promise of cleaning the Ganga, the Centre needed nothing short of a silver bullet to meet the deadline for the project, which some allege, is being implemented at a snail’s pace.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has promised to help acquire 100 acres of land for the creation of a Rs 1,000-crore multi-modal ‘freight village’ in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi, to be developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).
Total investments of Rs 51,000 crore have been planned for Eastern India. Rs 13,000 crore for Jagdishpur-Haldia & Bokaro-Dhama pipeline, Rs 6000 crore for Dhamra LNG project, Rs 6000 crore for city gas distribution network and Rs 26,000 crore for Fertilizer project. All these developments are linked to each other and have to be completed within the deadline to extend the full benefit.
For sometime now there has been a great deal of buzz about India’s move to a gas-based economy. And on Monday, 24th Oct. 2016, this perhaps takes the first step with Prime Minister laying the foundation stone for Rs 1000 crore City Gas Distribution network for Varanasi.