New Delhi: Union Drinking Water and Sanitation minister Uma Bharati today launched the Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place project and Swajal -- a community owned drinking water programme -- in Uttarakhands Uttarkashi district.
Under a special initiative, the minister also announced the Bagori Ganga Gram project for the states Bagori village, which was declared open defecation free (ODF).
The government claimed that besides creating cleanliness, providing basic amenities to the people of villages on the banks of the Ganga, these projects would also generate employment.Â
Swajal, which is a community owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply, was inaugurated by the minister at Bagori and a budget of Rs 32 lakh has been alloted, an official release said.
ODF Bagori is one of the 24 pilot villages selected to be transformed into Ganga Grams this year. "Besides creating cleanliness, providing basic amenities to the people of villages on the banks of the Ganga, these projects would also generate employment. Everybody should join in the mission of making Ganga villages true in complete sense," Bharati said.Â
The minister also inaugurated a solid and liquid waste management scheme of Rs 11.88 lakh at Bagori. Bharati along with Uttarakhand Drinking WaterÂ and Sanitation Prakash Pant and secretary, MDWS, Parameswaran Iyer, participatedÂ in tree plantation programmes.
Later the Union minister also launched Gangotri as Swachh Iconic Places and said that the ONGC with its CSR fund will help in taking Gangotri to a higher level ofÂ clealiness. PTI