13 May 2016 Current Affairs: The Estimates Committee of Parliament, in its report on Ganga Rejuvenation tabled on 11 May 2016 recommended an overarching and fully empowered authority headed by the Prime Minister.
The Committee opined the authority is required to cut down on the red tape involving various ministries and state governments to be set up for securing the nirmalta (purity) and aviralta (flow) of the Ganga by July 2018.
The committee is chaired by BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi.The committee also expressed concern over Ganga being declared one of the 10 most polluted rivers in the world.Mission Clean Ganga :
National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) started the Mission Clean Ganga with a changed and comprehensive approach to champion the challenges posed to Ganga through four different sectors, namely, of wastewater management, solid waste management, industrial pollution and river front development.
NGRBA functions include development of a Ganga River Basin Management Plan, regulation of activities aimed at prevention, control and abatement of pollution, to maintain water quality and to take measures relevant to the river ecology in the Ganga basin states. It is mandated to ensure the maintenance of minimum ecological flows in the river Ganga and abate pollution through planning, financing and execution of programmes including that of
- Augmentation of Sewerage Infrastructure
- Catchment Area Treatment
- Protection of Flood Plains
- Creating Public Awareness