To the appeal made by Union Minister for Water
Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari to the
corporate in London to participate in the Namami Gange project, there was an
overwhelming response from the Indian Corporates, NRI and PIOs in UK who have
committed more than 5 billion dollars
for the development of amenities like ghats, river fronts, crematoria and parks
as part of the Namami Gange project.
The appeal was made at the Namami Gange roadshow organized by the National Mission
for Clean Ganga and the Indian High Commission in UK.
Among the important MoUs signed were those by Shri
Anil Agarwal of Vedanta Group for ghats and amenities along Ganga at Patna;
Shri Ravi Mehrotra of Foresight Group for Kanpur; Hinduja Group for Haridwar;
Shri Prakash Lohia of Indo Rama Group for Kolkata. The projects will be developed,
built and operated by these corporates under their CSR initiatives, the
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a release.
MoUs were also signed for innovative technologies for
river cleaning, with companies including Lyndon Water, Celtic Renewables,
Medifarm, NVH Technologies and Arkatap. Apart from these, many companies and
individuals have agreed to take on projects from the list of over 200 projects
for which private funding has been sought.
There are projects worth more than Rs.10,000 crore for
development of ghats, crematoria, waterbodies, parks, sanitation facilities,
public amenities and river front which need additional funding. Projects worth
over Rs 2500 crore, available for private funding have been published as a
booklet and are also available on the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)
website as an e- booklet. The Government is appealing to the business community
to participate in the Namami Gange Mission to clean the river by funding
projects of their choice.