21st September, 2018

Frequently asked questions about Ganga Gram Yojana

Ganga Gram Yojana  Frequently Asked Questions

1) What is Ganga Gram Yojana?

Ganga Gram Yojana is a programme launched by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The programme focuses on rural sanitation, development of water bodies and river ghats, construction/modernization of crematoriums in 1600 villages located along the main stem of river Ganga.

2) Why was the scheme launched?

Millions of Indians depend on the river Ganga for their livelihood and other basic needs. However, the river is plagued with pollution threats due to organic waste, sewage, industrial waste, garbage, plastic, human corpses and animal carcasses. Hence, as part of the Namami Gange Programme, Ganga Gram Yojana seeks to control pollution flowing into the river Ganga by conserving and rejuvenating the river.

3) When was the scheme launched? Who launched it?

The scheme was launched by Uma Bharti, Union Minister of Water Resources on 5th January, 2016 at Village Puth in Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh.

4) How does the Ganga Gram initiative help in the process of Ganga river rejuvenation?

The initiative will facilitate the river Ganga rejuvenation process by:

  • Making villages open defecation free;
  • Reducing direct flow of untreated sewage from villages into Ganga;
  • Building adequate infrastructure for crematoriums;
  • Developing proper waste disposal facilities
  • Promoting better sanitation practices in villages.

5) Which villages are targeted for development under Ganga Gram Yojana?

1600 identified villages are targeted which are located in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal along the main stem of river Ganga having historic, cultural, religious importance and/or tourism value.

6) What initiatives will be undertaken during the first phase of Ganga Gram Yojana?

In the first phase, 306 villages have been identified for developing into model villages through rural sanitation and cleanliness initiatives. Open drains flowing from these villages into river Ganga will be diverted and arrangements will be made for alternative sewage treatment. The scheme will ensure that every household has IHHL toilets.

7) What is the status of household toilets built in villages along the Ganga river under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)?

So far, 12,46,539 household toilets have been constructed in 4292 villages of 5 stem states along the course of river Ganga. This amounts to 88 % progress towards creating Open Defecation Free (ODF) villages in the region. Future status of the project can be tracked at http://sbm.gov.in/sbmdashboard/NamamiGange.aspx.

8) Why was the Ganga Task Force Battalion deployed at Garhmukteshwar town in UP?

As part of Ganga Gram initiative, a company of the Ganga Task Force was deployed at Garhmukteshwar town in UP to inspect and ensure industries and civilians do not pollute the river. 3 more task forces will be deployed soon at Kanpur, Varanasi and Allahabad.

9) Which villages have been adopted under Ganga Gram Yojana?

65 villages have been adopted by 13 IITs to develop into model villages. Similarly, UNDP has adopted 78 villages in Sahebganj district of Jharkhand to develop into a model state by engaging in rural sanitation initiatives including livelihood and capacity building activities for these villages.

10) What is Nirikshan Abhiyan under the scheme?

Nirikshan Abhiyan is an inspection programme which was organized at (Hapur district) and Anupsahar (Bulandsahar district). During the programme, comprehensive plans were made for execution along the river Ganga such as tree plantation, Ghat development, open drain diversion and revival of water body.