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National River Conservation Authority meeting on Monday

The National River Conservation Plan and the National Lake Conservation Plan will be reviewed on Monday at the 11th meeting of the National River Conservation Authority chaired by Prime Minister A B Vajpayee.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2003 11:01 IST

The National River Conservation Plan and the National Lake Conservation Plan will be reviewed here on Monday at the 11th meeting of the National River Conservation Authority chaired by Prime Minister A B Vajpayee.

The meeting will also take stock of the progress of the river cleaning programme adopted at the previous meeting held in March 2001, an official release said.

The agenda also includes issues related to operation and maintenance of assets created by the Authority over the last 18 years.

Discussions will also be held on steps taken to create public awareness and ensure people's participation in cleaning and keeping the rivers and lakes pollution-free, it said.

The National River Conservation Plan is responsible for maintaining "wholesomeness" of water quality of major rivers by implementing various pollution abatement schemes.

Chaired by Vajpayee, the meeting will be attended by Union Minister for Environment and Forests and Vice Chairman of NRCA T R Baalu, Finance Minister Jaswant Singh, Urban Development Minister Ananth Kumar, Dy Chairman of Planning Commission K C Pant, Chief Ministers from 18 states, Members of Parliament and experts, the release said.

National River Conservation Plan, with a total cost of Rs 4064 crore, extends to 157 towns along 31 stretches of polluted rivers in 18 states.

In addition to the 261 projects sanctioned under the first phase of the Ganga Action Plan, the NRCP has given its nod to 763 projects worth Rs 2460 crore.

First Published: Jun 16, 2003 11:01 IST