The state government is setting up a project management unit-cum-special purpose vehicle (SPV) for the implementation and monitoring of projects to be undertaken under the National Ganga River Basin Authority,following recommendations from the World Bank.
The SPV to be registered as a society will be called the State River Conservation Agency (SRCA). The body will be headed by an IAS officer as Chairman while the Managing Director of UP Jal Nigam will be the Project Director. The members will include technical experts from private agencies and the Jal Nigam.
The process of appointment of the chairman and other members has been started and it will be functional very soon, said Alok
Ranjan,Principal Secretary,Urban Development.
The SRCA will receive funds from the Centre and the state for Ganga cleaning projects. It will be empowered to form separate SPVs for the projects in different towns. It could also hire experts from private or public sector for technical support.
On June 14,a team of World Bank representatives had met the state government officials and made a presentation regarding different funding methods and river cleaning projects. In that meeting,the World Bank team had recommended the formation of the SPV.
Under the National Ganga River Basin Authority,the cleaning of Ganga has to be carried out in the cities it flows through. The Centre has taken Kanpur,Allahabad and Varanasi on priority as the river is most polluted in these towns. It has already approved a Rs 496 crore project for Varanasi and another Rs 305 crore project for Allahabad.
The World Bank and the Centre will release funds for both towns only after the constitution of SRCA, said Alok Ranjan.
Officials said projects worth Rs 403 crore for Kanpur,Rs 90 crore for Moradabad,Rs 44 crore for Garhmukteshwar and Rs 51 crore for Kannauj are also pending with the Centre for approval.