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D.Kalyani, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
On 29th Jan, 2015, The Hindu published the news that in the review meeting of Namami Ganga, Ministry of Urban Development of India proposed the framework of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for the setting up and maintenance of sewage treatment plants in all the 118 cities and towns located along the Ganga in a timely manner to check pollution of the river.
On 30th Jan, 2015 it was mentioned in the Business Standard that the ministry felt a need to revisit the provisions of current Environment Protection Act as they are not sufficient to address the issue of industrial effluents being dumped into the Ganga River. In the next month, there will be a meeting with representatives of all the 195 industrial units sited alongside the Ganga by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change followed by a meeting of Municipal Commissioners of all the 118 cities and towns.
The government is estimating to meet the demand of 4773 MLD (Millions of liters per day – used by Municipal Water Supply System) but the question that arises here is – will the present regime be able to achieve this target. Well, the accurate answer is not available till now, but one can expect that this procurement will take place especially because of the success story of an incredible transformation of Sabarmati. Once upon a time Sabarmati, which used to be a dried out riverbed with industrial emission and sewage, has now became the center of revival with a floating restaurant and an amusement park, and is also being used for commercial purpose.[Economics Times,24-01-15]