New Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) today signed an agreement with Uttarakhand Pey Jal Nigam and Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam and private players for setting up first sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Haridwar and Varanasi under hybrid annuity mode.

Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari presided over the programme where the tripartite agreement was signed.

“The agreement is a major step forward in realising the dream of nirmal Ganga (clean Ganga) as it is the first time in India that Hybrid Annuity-based PPP mode is being applied in sewerage sector,” Gadkari was quoted as saying at the event in an official statement.

The 50 million litres daily (MLD)-capacity STP in Varanasi was awarded to a consortium led by Essel Infra Projects Limited at an estimated cost of Rs 153.16 crore.

HNB Engineers Private Limited won the bid to develop in Haridwar a total sewage treatment capacity of 82 MLD (68MLD in Jagjeetpur and 14 MLD in Sarai) at an estimated cost of Rs 171.53 crore.

“The projects would ensure that untreated sewage does not flow into the Ganga river, thus giving a boost to India’s flagship Namami Gange program. The construction of these two new greenfield STPs will commence shortly,” the statement said.

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