Corporate Houses To Join Hands to Give facelift to Ganga Ghats and Development


New Delhi: Several corporate houses in the country have undertaken CSR projects for ghat cleaning and development, afforestation, provision of amenities and similar work under NamamiGangeprogramme to give banks of River Ganga a facelift.Companies like Shipping Corporation of India, Indorama Corporation, IndusInd Bank, Yes Bank, Hinduja Group, Arcelor Mittal, New Indian Express, Bajaj Electricals, Amer Maritime, HCL, Reliance Industries and a few others have undertaken projects. Ganga rejuvenation projects are notified as CSR activity under Companies Act 2013.

Corporates can give donations to the Clean Ganga Fund and also take up projects for rejuvenating the river. Minister of Water Resource, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport and Highways and Shipping NitinGadkari urged companies to undertake more and more projects for rejuvenation of Ganga as part of their CSR activity.

He assured them that NMCG would hand hold them for ground clearances and local issues. He underscored the critical role that corporates can play in rejuvenating Ganga. He said that they should try to come up with eco-friendly plans for development of the river bank. He instructed the NMCG officials to expedite procedures and approvals.

Some significant projects that have been undertaken by the corporates include development of ghats at Gangotri and Badrinath at an estimated cost of Rs. 25.65 crore by Indorama Industries Ltd. DPRs for the project have been prepared by WAPCOS, approvals are at an advanced stage and work is expected to start by the end of this month.

IndusInd Bank is undertaking a project for treatment of nine drains in Allahabad and Farrukhabad at the cost of Rs 9.5 Crore. The DPR for the project is ready. The Shipping Corporation of India proposes to develop Katwa Ghat in West Bengal at a cost of Rs 35 lakh.

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