Cabinet approves revised strategy for river conservation

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New Delhi, Jul 24 (UNI) A revised strategy for river conservation was today approved by the Union Cabinet.

The proposal for revamped strategy has been brought in under the National River Conservation Plan(NRCP), Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said briefing mediapersons after the Cabinet meeting here today.

The Cabinet also cleared a proposal for integration of the strategy with the development plans of the Ministry of Urban Development.

The implementation of the revamped river conservation strategy with a holistic approach and redesigned institutional arrangements as proposed would result in greater focus on improving the quality of river water, which would help in improvement of the health and livelihood of the people living downstream, he said.

The NRCP was earlier launched by the name of the Ganga Action Plan(GAP) in 1985 to improve the quality of the Ganga water polluted by discharge of sewage into it.

The GAP was later broad-based to tackle pollution in other major rivers too.

The NRCP is implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

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