A team of World Bank officials has begun to asses the projects being prepared by the member states of National Ganga River Basin Authority in order to identify ways to control pollution in the Ganga.
To clean the river, the bank will give a financial assistance of $1 billion to the national project. The nine-member team has started the exercise from Uttar Pradesh and has already visited Kanpur and Allahabad. After UP, the team will visit Bihar, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Bengal.
Sanjay Pahuja, Senior Water Resources Specialist, who is heading the team, said, “We will use the findings of this study to finalise a composite project report to clean Ganga under the National Ganga River Basin Authority”.
As Ganga is most polluted in Varanasi, Allahabad and Kanpur, these three cities have been taken on priority in the project, he added.