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Clean Ganga Project: Germany to offer Rs. 900 crore to Uttarakhand

In order to assist Uttarakhand in its ambitious task of cleaning the River Ganges, German government has decided in pitch in with a financial assistance of 125 million Euros (or Rs. 900 crore). The Uttarakhand government will divert these funds towards the construction and management of sewage treatment plants at Haridwar and Rishikesh. On Friday, Ambassador of Germany Dr. Martin Ney paid a courtesy call to Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat to further discuss on the matter. He congratulated incumbent chief minister on his historic win in the 2017 state elections.

River Ganga flowing through Haridwar.

In his meeting, Dr. Martin Ney said that Germany is ready to invest 125 million Euros in Uttarakhand in terms of assistance in construction of sewage treatment plants in Haridwar and Rishikesh and some parts of Dehradun. He also added that the German government is greatly impressed with the growth rate of Uttarakhand as well as its per capital income – which is higher than the national average. CM Rawat also added that the new government is giving priority to ‘good governance’ and is committed to deliver services right down to the last person in the social or economic hierarchy.

In his meeting with the German ambassador, governor of Uttarakhand K. K. Paul has appreciated Germany’s involvement in Ganga cleaning project. He believes Germany’s experience in cleaning Rhine and Danube rivers in Germany would greatly benefit our cause. Previously, Government of India and German government has signed an agreement in which successful river management strategies that showed encouraging results with Rhine and Danube rivers will be replicated in the country.

Inputs from Hindustan