On September 15, 2020, PM Modi inaugurated seven projects under Namami Gange and AMRUT Schemes in Bihar. Four of these projects were related to water supply, one to river front development and two of the projects were related to sewerage treatment.
The projects are to be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 541 crores. They are to be implemented by Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited.
The projects were inaugurated by the prime minister to commemorate Engineers’ Day. Engineers’ Day is celebrated on September 15 every year. It is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of engineer M Visvesvaraya, one of the great engineers of India.
Sir Visvesvaraya was the 19th Diwan of Mysore and also an Indian Civil Engineer. He was the chief Engineer of Krishna Raja Sagara dam. He also served as the chief engineer of flood protection system in Hyderabad. He received Bharat Ratna in 1955.
Krishna Raja Sagara dam has been constructed across river Cauvery. The dam has the famous and popular for Brindavan Gardens attached to it. The Gardens are one of the most attractive tourists spot in India.
Progress of Namami Gange
Around 50 projects of worth Rs 6,000 crores are being implemented in Bihar under Namami Gange programme. Several tourist spots are emerging along the banks of river Ganga in the state. The programme is changing the life pattern of people in the region. More than 180 ghats are being developed under the project. Over 2 crore water connection has been provided.
It is an integrated conservation programme and a flagship programme of GoI launched in 2014. It was launched to accomplish abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of river Ganga. The main pillars of the mission are as follows
- Sewerage Treatment Infrastructure
- River-surface cleaning
- Industrial Effluent Monitoring
- River Front Development
- Public Awareness
- Ganga Gram
AMRUT is Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation. The main aim of the mission is to establish infrastructure to provide adequate water supply and robust sewerage network in urban region.
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