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MoU signed between NMCG, SPMG-UK, ICT to renovate Ghat at Badrinath

A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), State Program Management Group-Uttarakhand (SPMG-UK) and Indorama Charitable Trust (ICT) in Delhi on 24 February. The MoU was signed by Ashok Kumar Singh, Executive Director (ED), National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG); Rajeev Kshetrapal, Director, Indorama Industries and Uday Raj Singh, Project Director, SPMG, Government of Uttarakhand.  MoU Highlights: The MoU aims to work together to renovate or develop the Ghat at Badrinath and Ghats and Crematoria at Gangotri in Uttarakhand. The total cost for the project is Rs.26.64 crore . The Detailed Project Report (DPR) was developed by M/S WAPCOS, a Government of India Enterprise. The activities under the project will include the construction of Bathing Ghats and Crematoria, repair and modernize the existing Ghats and Crematoria . Providing public amenities on Ghats, Bank erosion protection works, Operation & Maintenance (O&M) for 5 years. Clean Ganga Mission: The Clean Ganga campaign was taken up in Mission Mode since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led Government assumed office in 2014. The Mission is about to be completed but the Namami Ganga Mission is an unending process. Indorama Group provided financing for the project under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.  Badrinath Bathing Ghat: Badrinath Bathing Ghat is located along the bank of river Alaknanda. The sites of Ghat was identified via the local consultation is 2099m2. The total cost of the project will be Rs.10.31 crore. The Operation and Maintenance for the ghat will be for five years. The Development project includes Changing Room, Toilet with bio-digester and reed bed, chhatri, platform,  water spout, signages, horticulture work, railing, etc. The duration of the project construction is 15 months. Gangotri Bathing Ghat and Crematoria: Gangotri Ghat is situated along the bank of river Bhagirathi at Gangotri. The Centre is planning one bathing ghat and one crematoria at Gangotri in a total area of 2170 m2. The total cost of the project is Rs.16.02 crore. The construction work is expected to conclude in 15 months. The development project includes Toilet with bio-digester and reed bed, Changing Room, water spout, chhatri, platform, signages, horticulture work, railing, solar light pole, etc.

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