The Government of India has created SPMG Namami Gange with the objective of
(a) ensuring effective abatement of pollution and conservation of the river Ganga by adopting a river basin approach to promote inter-sectoral co-ordination for comprehensive planning and management.
(b) maintaining minimum ecological flows in the river Ganga with the aim of ensuring water quality and environmentally sustainable development. In all five major basin states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal) State Ganga Committees (SGCs) have been constituted to lead the program in the respective states in close coordination with NMCG and among themselves.
As a first step, the NMCG has resolved that, on behalf of the Government of India and on behalf of the State Governments of the Basin States, a program will be launched to ensure that by the year 2020, no untreated urban sewage or industrial effluent will flow into the main stem of the river Ganga.
The Uttarakhand SGC has nominated the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation as the nodal department to lead the implementation of the State's part of the Namami Gange Program in the State.
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