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PM Modi chairs first meeting of National Council for Ganga

The meeting is aimed at reviewing the progress of the Namami Gange project. Namami Gange Programme’ is an Integrated Conservation Mission, approved in June 2014 with budget outlay of Rs. 20,000 crore to accomplish the twin objectives of effective pollution control and conservation and rejuvenation of River Ganga.

Apart from holding the meeting, PM Modi will visit Atal Ghat, where he will take the steamer for the journey through the river. Earlier, after his arrival in Kanpur, Prime Minister headed to Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology and paid floral tribute to the great Indian freedom fighter Chandrashekhar Azad.

After that, Prime Minister also took a tour of an exhibition at the university. The exhibition displayed various aspects of Namami Gange project. Under Namami Gange programme, 63 sewerage management projects are under implementation in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. While, 12 new sewerage management projects have also been launched in these states.

Besides, 28 river-front development projects and 33 entry level projects for construction, modernization and renovation of 182 Ghats and 118 crematoria, have also been initiated.

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