Union Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and Uma Bharti today jointly launched ‘Smart Ganga City’ programme in 10 cities located along Ganga to set up Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) and improve drainage network there on hybrid annuity mode on public private partnership basis.
Union Urban Development Minister Naidu and Water Resources Minister Bharti launched the works through video conferencing and were joined in by District Magistrates/Mayors of cities/towns.
Haridwar, Rishikesh, Mathura, Varanasi, Kanpur, Allahabad, Lucknow, Patna, Sahibganj and Barrackpore are the cities/town where the programme will be implemented in the first phase.
To a question, she said the Government will expand the Smart Ganga City programme to other cities including Agra in time to come.
“Also several foreign companies have come forward to work under hybrid annuity mode,” Bharti said.
At one point, the Minister stated the government will keep in mind local biodiversity and culture while doing river front development works.
Addressing the event from Hyderabad, Naidu urged local governing agencies concerned to join the mission “with complete dedication” and appealed people too to participate in the programme to make it successful.