Until five years ago very few people in Mumbai were aware of the Mithi river running through it. Then, in the monsoon of 2005 it flooded, drowning 500 people. With the devastation it erupted into public consciousness, dark and stinking. Ever since the authorities have been trying to revive it. Their latest experiment is putting it on oxygen.

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New Delhi: In a boost to the Ganga cleaning programme, the government has cleared projects worth Rs 1,394.11 crore for the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Uttarakhand.

Cleaning the Ganga has become the top priority of the government and projects have been put on a fast track.

The second meeting of the Empowered Steering Com- mittee of the National Ganga River Basin, com- prising Union minister, the Central Pollution Board and the Central Water com- mission, has cleared proj- ects worth Rs 1,394 crores.

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NEW DELHI The ministry of forests & environment (MFE) has launched a massive National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) to revitalise 38 key Indian rivers.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched Ganga cleaning campaign 'Sparsh Ganga' at Muni-ki-Reti, Rishikesh on Thursday. The function was organised by NSS cell of HNB Garhwal University. To promote Ganga cleaning, he announced an incentive of Rs 11 lakh and to make the event historic, he announced to celebrate 17th December as Ganga Cleaning Day.

Chandigarh: Punjab chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal has unveiled a Rs 1,388-crore plan for the cleaning of river Satluj (Rs 1,076 crore), Beas (Rs 222 crore) and Sirhind canal (Rs 90 crore) to provide clean water from river and canal system within next two years.

Board may ask the unit to take corrective measures

Hyderabad, Nov. 8: Plans are afoot to clean up the waters of the lakes.

Mr Zafarullah Khan, executive engineer (lakes department) with the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), says there are plans to set up 40-odd sewage treatment plants so that untreated sewage is not dumped in the lakes.

The CMs of UP and Uttarakhand through which the river flows may participate in Monday's meeting
NEW DELHI The newly-formed Ganga River Basin Authority (GRBA) will meet for the first time on Monday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss ways in which the Ganga can be kept pollution-free.

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