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World Bank sanctions loan of USD 1 billion for cleaning river Ganga

World Bank has sanctioned a loan of USD 1 billion for funding Institutional Development and for the construction of priority infrastructure projects for municipal waste water treatment and solid waste treatment on the main stem of Ganga in the five Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal, said a government release.
The government of India has withdrawn a cumulative amount of USD 91.26 million (Rs 550.48 crore) under this loan till date.
The government ‘s Namami Gange Programme covers all existing ongoing projects and a new initiative for cleaning the river. Under Namami Gange, a total number of 173 projects for various activities such as sewage infrastructure, river front development, ghat and crematoria, ghat cleaning, river surface cleaning, afforestation and biodiversity conservation and rural sanitation etc. have been sanctioned. Out of 173 projects, 41 numbers of projects have been completed so far, it added.