New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) The Centre today sanctioned a new project to control pollution in Sal river at Navelim town in Goa. Also Read - Centre Needs to Grant Rs 12,000 crores For 10 years to MCD: Delhi CM Kejriwal

The project was sanctioned by the Environment Ministry under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP), according to an official statement. Also Read - Air Quality in New Delhi Worsens After Dussehra celebrations

The Centre would provide 60 per cent of the project’s Rs 61.74 crore budget and the rest would be provided by the state, an official statement said. Also Read - Intel Alert: China Occupying Nepal's Territory at 7 Bordering Districts

Under the project, around 32 km of sewers would be laid and a sewage treatment plant of three million litres per day capacity will be constructed.

The Ministry said that the project is scheduled for completion by January 2021.

“The project will help in reduction of pollution load in the river and improvement in its water quality, besides improving the environment and sanitation in the town,” the statement said.

The ministry had recently said that a new strategy will be brought for conservation and rejuvenation of major rivers in which water and environment management will be taken up together to restore the lost ecology along polluted stretches.

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