MUMBAI: Union minister Nitin Gadkari said the Centre has garnered commitments worth Rs1,500 crore from international and domestic corporates, and industrialists for cleaning of river Ganga.
Centre has got commitments of Rs1,500 crore for Ganga cleaning, says Nitin Gadkari
"I was in London last week to kick off a roadshow to promote the (Ganga rejuvenation) project. We have got commitments worth Rs1,000 crore from various institutions and the UK-based business community," the minister for river development and Ganga rejuvenation told reporters here.
"In addition, we have commitments worth Rs500 crore from the domestic industry, as well," he said.
The minister said that the riverfront regeneration and development of ghats in Patna, Kanpur, Haridwar and Kolkata have been taken up by leading industrialists from the UK.
He said he also planned to visit major cities, including Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata.
The Centre estimates the cost of the entire project to run up to Rs20,000 crore, he said.So far, around 97 projects have been announced of which about 55 have been initiated, Gadkari said.About 15 of these are under the public-private partnership model under which operations will be maintained by the private sector, he said.
"We will float tenders for the remaining projects, and plan to get them all underway by March 2018," he said.On the development of over 4,500 villages and towns along the Ganga, Gadkari said the government is working on an integrated development project of these villages.