Environment & Energy Report

India Adopts Public-Private Plan to Clean Ganges

Jan. 8, 2016, 11:59 PM

India has adopted a public-private partnership model in the most challenging part of its decades-long effort to clean up the Ganges River: management of sewage in cities and towns along the river’s banks.

The federal Cabinet of ministers approved the plan Jan. 6.

Private and public sector companies will be allotted tenders to take over sewage management and treatment from municipal agencies and urban local bodies, whose spectacular failure at preventing untreated sewage from being dumped into the Ganges—known as the Ganga—has received criticism from the National Green Tribunal, the Supreme Court of India and the National Mission for Clean...

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