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Modi reviews progress of Namaami Gange Programme

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the progress of the Namaami Gange programme here yesterday evening when senior officials from various Government departmetns briefed him of the action taken and progress made so far on the programme.
 
The officials said that the sewage treatment capacity in towns along the river is being enhanced substantially. 
 
Considerable focus is being placed on large cities along the Ganga main stem, including Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Howrah and Kolkata, they said.
 
According to the officials, intensive monitoring and inspection of Grossly Polluting Industries has been taken up. They said that this has led to considerable improvement in the water quality of some of the tributaries of the Ganga. Parameters such as “Dissolved Oxygen” and “Biochemical Oxygen Demand” have been studied as part of this assessment. 
 
An official press release said the Prime Minister was also apprised of the progress made in rural sanitation in villages along the banks of the Ganga. He stressed on the need to further increase public awareness and participation in the task of cleaning the river.
 
Top officials from the Prime Minister's Office, NITI Aayog, Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, National Mission for Clean Ganga and Central Pollution Control Board were present at the meeting. 
 
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