Year End Review: Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Year End Review- Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation

Question: Name the Integrated Ganga Conservation Programme  approved by the Cabinet ?

(a) Namami Gange
(b) Jai Gange
(c) Nirmal Ganga
(d) Ganga Raksha

Ans (a)

Related facts:

  • On 22 December 2015, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has released Year End Review-2015.
  • Major initiatives and programs of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenationduring the last one year:

For Reduction in water pollution:

  • “Namami Gange” – Integrated Ganga Conservation Programme has been approved by the Cabinet at the cost of Rs. 20,000 crore.
  • It will be implemented by 2020.
  • 4 battalions of Ganga Task Force under Territorial Army with Ex-Servicemen have been approved in principle by Ministry of Defence.
  • Government of Germany has committed assistance of € 3 million for Ganga Rejuvenation during Indo-German Annual Negotiations 2014.’
  • 93 Projects has been approved at the cost of Rs.7350.38 crores for creating treatment capacity of 858 MLD and Sewer network of 3623.10 Kms.
  • Ministry has identified Inter-linking of Rivers as a priority. ‘Ken-Betwa Link Project’ declared as National Project. Work on Forest; Wild life and Environment clearance for the project is under process.
  • Intra – State link Projects: DPR of BurhiGandak – Noon – Baya -Ganga Link Project (Bihar) and Kosi – Mechi Link Project (Bihar) completed.
  • 3680 crore approved by EFC for River Development and Water Information Management.

Water Resources:

  • Polavaram Project being implemented as a National Project on river Godavari.
  • This done to create an annual irrigation potential of 4.36 lakh ha in East Godavari, Vishakhapatnam, West Godavari and Krishna districts in Andhra Pradeshand Rs 250 crore released.
  • Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) taken up with World Bank assistance at an estimated cost of Rs. 2100 crore.
  • Total 233 dams in five states identified for rehabilitation.
  • National Aquifer Management (NAQUIM) project undertaken for optimal utilisation of groundwater with community participation.
  • Regional office of Ganga Flood Control Commission opened at Lucknow in March, 2015, for greater focus on North Western region of Ganga Basin.
  • Grant of Rs. 2610 crore released to 26 Major & Medium Irrigation Projects under AIBP – Creation of irrigation potential 5 lakh hectares.
  • 200 crore released for 50 projects under CADWM for creation of irrigation potential of 1.5 lakh hectare.
  • PMKSY scheme launched. It will cover Command Area Development & Water Management(CAD&WM), Repair, Renovation & Restoration( RRR), Minor Irrigation Schemes and Ground Water.
  • By the use of treated affluent from sewage treatment plant for Irrigation and any other scheme proposed for providing ‘HarKhetKoPani’ will be implemented from PMKSY.
  • A web based Water Resources Information System on GIS platform has been set up by Central Water Commission in association with Indian Space Research Organisation.
  • Modernization and expansion of Flood Forecasting Network of Central Water Commission.
  • Setting up of North East Brahmaputra River Rejuvenation Authority by restructuring Brahmaputra Board.


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