German Development Bank (KFW) will give Rs. 960 crore to Uttarakhand for clean drinking water and cleaning of Ganga river. The work in the first phase of the project will start from Haridwar and Rishikesh. A mission team of the German Development Bank met Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh in secretariat here on Wednesday.
The mission team informed that the appraisal work at Haridwar and Rishikesh has been completed. The appraisal report will be presented to KFW. There is a possibility of signing of a MOU between Ministry of Water Resources and KFW in December this year. The German experts will supervise the construction of 15 Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) and work for ten networkings. Modern technology will be used for providing clean drinking water. More cities will be taken up in the second phase of the project.
The Chief Secretary informed the KFW mission team about the resolve of the state government to clean Ganga river before the next ‘Kumbh mela’. He requested that KFW should complete the project by 2020 and state government will support them.
KFW South Asia head Karla Burk, Secretary Peyjal Arvind Singh Hyanki, Project Director Namame Gange Raghav Langar and other officials were present in the meeting .