Report on utilisation of funds and assets created through Ganga Action Plan in states under GAP
This is a recent report by Planning Commission on utilization of funds and assets created through Ganga Action Plan. It has been prepared for the Supreme Court and is based on data obtained from CPCB, MoEF and the field visits made to plant sites in Uttarakhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The Ganga Action Plan (GAP) was launched by the Government of India in the year 1985 with the objective of abatement of pollution in the River Ganga due to discharge of sewage into the river from point as well as non-point sources. The Plan was renamed the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) in the year 1995 and was broad-based to tackle pollution levels in other identified polluted stretches of major rivers, for improving their water quality to the bathing quality standards. This report is based on data obtained from CPCB and MOEF and field visits made to plant sites in Uttarakhand, Bihar and U.P. The questions addressed in this report are the following: What were the objectives and approach of the Ganga Action Plan?; What has been the outcome in terms of water quality of Ganga?; What is the status of waste water treatment?; How effectively were the allocations spent?; What are recent initiatives?; and What needs to be done?