The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) will introduce trash skimmers for surface cleaning of the river in six more cities in the first week of this month. The cities are Rishikesh, Haridwar, Garh Mukhteshwar, Sahibganj, Kolkata and Navdweep. Urban Local Bodies will be the nodal agency to monitor this work. State Programme Management Groups (SPMGs) and Collectorate offices will be supervising these works under the aegis of NMCG at the state and district levels respectively.
River Surface Cleaning (RSC) work was introduced last year in Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi, Mathura-Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh and Patna in Bihar. Trash skimmers were deployed at the foregoing locations and tonnes of floating waste were collected and disposed in a proper manner. This task was found to be extremely effective. In the coming days, more towns will be identified for carrying out similar activities. The Namami Gange programme was launched as a mission to achieve the target of cleaning river Ganga in an effective manner with the unceasing involvement of all stakeholders, especially five major Ganga basin States - Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.