As part of the Namami Gange programme, Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti launched Ganga Gram Yojana at Village Puth in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh. The 1,600 villages situated alongwith banks of river Ganga will be developed under this scheme. In the first phase of the progamme, 200 villages have been selected. In these villages open drains falling into river Ganga will be diverted to alternative arrangements for sewage treatment. The villages will have toilets in every household. It is proposed to incur an expenditure of Rs one crore on every village.
These villages will be developed under the Sichewal model. It may be noted that Sichewal is situated in Punjab where villagers cooperation has been solicited for the water management and waste disposal is a meticulous way.
Further, the minister deployed the first company of Ganga Task Force battalion at Garhmukteshwar as part of the same Namami Gange programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Bharti said that three such companies will be deployed soon at Kanpur, Varanasi and Allahabad. The Ganga Task force will be deployed on the banks of the river and will ensure that industry and civilians do not pollute the river. However, she said that keeping Ganga clean is not the responsibility of our Jawans only but it is the duty of every Indian living near the river to keep it clean.