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World Bank provides $400 million to enhance support for rejuvenating the Ganga

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The World Bank and the Government of India today signed a loan agreement to enhance support for the Namami Gange programme that seeks to rejuvenate the Ganga river. The Second National Ganga River Basin Project will help stem pollution in the iconic river and strengthen the management of the river basin which is home to more than 500 million people.

The $400 million operation comprises a loan of $381 million and a proposed Guarantee of up to $19 million. The agreement for the $381 million loan was signed today by Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Qaiser Khan, Acting Country Director (India), on behalf of the World Bank. The Guarantee instrument will be processed separately.

Khare said that the Ganga is India’s most important cultural, economic and environmental resource, and the government’s Namami Gange program seeks to ensure that the river returns to a pollution-free, ecologically healthy state. The new project will extend the Government of India and World Bank’s engagement in this critical national programme to make the Ganga a clean, healthy river.

The World Bank has been supporting the government’s efforts since 2011 through the ongoing National Ganga River Basin Project, which helped set up the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) as the nodal agency to manage the river, and financed sewage treatment infrastructure in several riverside towns and cities.

Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, said that the continuity provided by the Second National Ganga River Basin Project will consolidate the momentum achieved under the first World Bank project, and help NMCG introduce further innovations, and benchmark its initiatives against global best practices in river rejuvenation.

Ongoing National Ganga River Basin Project

•     Helped set up the National Mission for Clean Ganga

•     Helping build sewage collection and treatment infrastructure in 20 towns along the mainstem of the Ganga

•     1,275 MLD sewage treatment capacity created

•     3,632 km of sewage network built

•     Helped foster public mobilization for Ganga rejunivation

“The government’s Namami Gange Program has revitalized India’s efforts to rejuvenating the Ganga,” said Junaid Ahmad, World Bank Country Director in India. “The first World Bank project helped build critical sewage infrastructure in 20 pollution hotspots along the river, and this Project will help scale this up to the tributaries. It will also help government strengthen the institutions needed to manage a river basin as large and complex as the Ganga Basin.”

The sprawling Ganga Basin provides over one-third of India’s surface water, includes the country’s largest irrigated area, and is key to India’s water and food security. Over 40 percent of India’s GDP is generated in the densely populated Basin. But the Ganga river is today is facing pressures from human and economic activity that impact its water quality and flows.

“The Project will help expand the coverage of sewage treatment infrastructure to more towns in the Ganga Basin, and focus on making sure that these assets are operated and maintained efficiently in the long term,” said Xavier Chauvot de Beauchene, Lead Water & Sanitation Specialist and Shri Upneet Singh, Water & Sanitation Specialist, both co-task team leaders (TTL) for the SNGRBP. “The Project will also help NMCG develop state-of-the-art tools to help manage the river basin more effectively.”

Over 80 per cent of the pollution load in the Ganga comes from untreated domestic wastewater from towns and cities along the river and its tributaries. The SNGRBP will finance sewage networks and treatment plants in select urban areas to help control pollution discharges. These infrastructure investments and the jobs they will generate will also help India’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis.

To ensure that these infrastructure assets function effectively and are well maintained, the Project will build on the innovative Hybrid Annuity Model (HAM) of public private partnership introduced under the ongoing NGRBP, and which has become the solution of choice for sewage treatment investments in the Ganga Basin. Under this model, the government pays a private operator 40 percent of the capital cost to build a sewage treatment plant during the construction period; the remaining 60 percent is paid as performance-linked payments over 15 years to ensure that the operator runs and maintains the plant efficiently.

The $400 million operation includes a proposed Guarantee of up to $19 million to backstop the government’s payment obligations for three Hybrid-Annuity-Model Public Private Partnership (HAM-PPP) investments on the Ganga’s tributaries. “This is the first-ever IBRD Guarantee for wastewater treatment and the first IBRD Guarantee in the water sector in India and is expected to help free up public resources in the current economic situation,” said Satheesh Sundararajan, Senior Infrastructure Financing Specialist and co-TTL for the Guarantee.

The $381 million variable spread loan has a maturity of 18.5 years including a grace period of 5 years. The $19 million Guarantee Expiry Date will be 18 years from the Guarantee Effectiveness Date.

(Source: PIB)

Delhi: 12 cases of autolifting solved with arrest of 2 by AATS East


A team of AATS/East, led by Inspector Dinesh Arya has busted an inter-state gang of autolifters. Two key members of the gang namely Jasvir, 27 and  Prashant alias Chintu, 25 have been arrested and 12 stolen bikes and scooties have been recovered at their instance.

Police have solved 12 cases of autolifting with their arrest.

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G’bad Mun. Commissioner directs officials to plant fruit bearing trees


A plantation drive was carried out at Ward No 53, Raeespur in which Municipal Commissioner Dr Dinesh Chandra Singh and the area councillor Manoj Choudhary took part. Other officials of the GNN namely Dr Anuj Kumar Singh, Horticulture Incharge and Dinesh Sharma, Horticulture Inspector also took part in the proceedings. On this occasion, fruit bearing and tress giving shade were planted. The Municipal Commissioner has been laying stress on planting varieties of trees that will be beneficial for the general public once these grow up.  

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G’bad: Huge cache of banned polythene carry bags seized by GNN from a truck


In a major crackdown against illegal plastic & polythene Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) seized a truck (no JK02BR5177) laden with a huge cache of polythene carry bags measuring 16,000 kgs. The action was taken following a tip-off received on evening of July 6 by Municipal Commissioner Dr Dinesh Chandra Singh over the phone, that the truck ferrying banned plastic was parked on roadside at Pipe Market in Mohan Nagar Zone.

A team led by Mohan Nagar Zonal Incharge, Shiv Kumar Gautam and SI Dinesh Kumar (Chowki Incharge) took the truck under their possession. Singh directed the tax official of the GNN to issue notice and recover penalty from the owner of the seized goods, as per relevant law of UP, namely the UP Plastic and Other Non-Biodegradable (regulation of use and disposal) Act 2018 and other such laws prohibiting the sale of plastic.

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G’bad: GNN conducts cleaning and sanitisation drive in several wards


Under the special cleaning drive launched by Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN), today the GNN teams cleaned and lifted garbage from several wards, it was informed by the GNN. The cleaning drive comprises lifting garbage from public places and fogging drive, besides cleaning of drains.

In addition the GNN teams are conducting sanitization in all zones, especially in containment and hotspot zones.

In Mohan Nagar Zone the covered areas were: Gulmohar Green, Lajpat Nagar, B-333  Naveen Park, Gali No 1, Rajeev Nagar, 723 Shalimar Garden Ext I, C Block Shalimar Garden 2,  Shalimar Garden Main A-44 & A 106, Sanjay Colony and Meenal Apartment.

In Vasundhara Zone the areas covered were: Kaushambi (Wrad 72), Vaishali (Ward 89), Vasundhara (ward 54), Surya Nagar (Ward 94), Chandra Nagar (Ward 97),  Vasundhara (Ward 74), Prahlad Garhi (Ward 36).

In Vijay Nagar Zone the areas covered are: ABES College (Ward 27), Siddhartha Vihar (Ward 2), Bhim Nagar (Ward 1), Budh Vihar (Ward 35), Crossings Republik (Ward 27), Bhud Bharat Nagar (Ward 26), Sec 9, F Block, among others.

In Kavi Nagar Zone areas covered were Kavi Nagar, Govindpuram, Shastri Nagar, Chiranjeev Vihar, Guldhar, CBI court, bar association, collectorate, control room, RKGIT.

In City Zone areas covered under sanitization were: Maliwara, Nand Gram, Jaiprakash Nagar, Kaila Bhatta, Lohia Nagar, Bajaria and Chaupla Market.

The GNN is also carrying out sanitization of different public places and government offices, besides banks and several other establishments.

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G’bad: Yashoda Hospital, Kaushambi begins plasma therapy to treat serious corona patients

Yashoda Super Speciality Hospital Kaushambi (file pic)

Plasma therapy (off label use) has begun in Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital, Kaushambi to treat seriously ill corona patients, said a spokesperson of the hospital, who added that although ICMR had not formally considered it as standard care of treatment, but lives of some serious patients had been saved by the use of the therapy.

The plasma therapy technique is age-old. At the time of Spanish Flu in 20th century the use of plasma therapy had save many lives. Under this, plasma from the blood of recuperated patients is isolated and given to serious patients who recover from the anti-bodies in the plasma.

The off label term is coined by the Union Ministry, as this therapy although having shown positive results, has not been proven as yet. For making use of this therapy a hospital’s blood bank needs to have plasma apheresis machine as well as license and requisite permission to use that, which Yashoda Hospital has, said the spokesperson.

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Delhi: Amit Shah & Rajnath Singh visit the 1,000 bed with 250 ICU bed- Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Covid-19 Hospital


Union Minister Amit Shah and Raksha Mantri, Rajnath Singh visited the 1,000 bed with 250 ICU beds Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital in Delhi Cantonment. The hospital was developed in record time of 12 days by DRDO, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Armed Forces and Tata Sons.

On this occasion, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah said Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is fully committed to helping the people of Delhi in these challenging times and this Covid hospital is yet again, highlights this resolve. He said “I thank DRDO, Tatas and our Armed Forces Medical personnel who have risen to the occasion and helped tackle the emergency.” Union Health Minister Dr Harshvardhan, Minister of State for Home, G.Kishan Reddy, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal and DRDO Chairman, G. Satheesh Reddy were also present.

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minster, Amit Shah held series of meetings since 14th June to review COVID-19 management and ways to tackle it in Delhi-NCR. On the directions of Amit Shah a number of important decisions like reducing COVID treatment rates to one third in Delhi’s private hospitals, providing 20,000 additional beds, Increasing testing by using Rapid Antigen Kits, Re-demarcation of containment of zones, Contact tracing of infected persons with the help of ArogyaSetu and Ithasaap and providing COVID telemedicine to the patients by experts doctors of AIIMS.

With the efforts of Modi Government the 1,000 bed Sardar Patel COVID Hospital has been established in record time. Delhi is currently experiencing a surge in number of COVID-19 infections with an increasing number of patients requiring medical care. An urgent need to augment the existing hospital beds capacity of Delhi for the COVID-19 patients was discussed between Ministry of Home Affairs and MoD on the modalities of deploying a 1,000 bed hospital in a span of less than 14 days. DRDO was asked to establish the hospital.

DRDO undertook the design, development and operationalisation of the facility on a war footing. With the permission from the Indian Air Force, land situated near the New Delhi Domestic Terminal T1 was identified and construction work by DRDO commenced the 23rd of June at the site on Ulan Bator road, adjacent to CGDA Hqrs.

The hospital will be operated by medical team of Doctors, Nurses and Support Staff from the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) while the facility will be maintained by DRDO. Additionally, for the mental wellbeing of patients, the hospital has a dedicated DRDO managed psychological counselling centre. COVID-19 patients referred by the District Administration will be admitted and treated free of cost at this facility. Critical cases will be referred to AIIMS.

The project has been funded with major contribution of Tata Sons. Other contributors are BEL, BDL, AMPL, Sri Venkateswara Engineers, Brahmos Pvt Ltd, Bharat Forge and the DRDO employees voluntarily contributing one day salary. 

The centrally air-conditioned medical facility is spread over 25,000 sqm and is equipped with 250 ICU beds. Each ICU bed is equipped with monitoring equipment and ventilator. The infrastructure is built with negative internal pressure gradient for safe contagion containment. The facility has been engineered using rapid fabrication technique based on octanorm modules.

The hospital consists of separate Reception cum Patient Admission Block, Medical Block with Pharmacy and Laboratory, Duty Doctors and Nurses Accommodation and 4 modular Patient Blocks each consisting of 250 beds. The corridor network has been designed to keep the patient’s movement separate from the doctors and staff movement. Sanitation facilities and toilets are situated between the blocks for easy access to patients and facility personnel. 

The Patient Blocks are self-sufficient with facilities for patients and medical care staff. Patient facilities include Oxygen Supply to each bed, X-Ray, ECG, Haematological test facilities, Ventilators, Covid Test Lab, Wheel Chairs, Stretchers and other medical equipment. DRDO developed COVID-19 technologies productionised by the Industry in the last 3 months such as Ventilators, Decontamination Tunnels, PPEs, N95 Masks, Contact-Free Sanitiser Dispensers, Sanitisation Chambers and Medical Robots Trolleys will be utilised at the facility.

The facility will be secured with security staff, CCTV surveillance and access control systems. The hospital is equipped with an integrated fire safety and control system. Environmental, Safety and Waste Disposal Processes have been built in to the design of operations. A large parking area has been designated for Staff, Public, Ambulances and Firefighting services.

The hospital is being made operational on 5th of July 2020, having been constructed in 12 days. Commissioning of this Hospital will contribute to an increase of 11% additional COVID-19 beds in Delhi, thus overcoming the current critical situation.

(Source: PIB)

Ghaziabad: GNN conducts plantation drive in line with state govt. instructions


In line with orders of the state government a comprehensive plantation drive was conducted by Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) today. Mayor Asha Sharma and Municipal Commissioner, Dr Dinesh Chandra Singh today planted herbal, medicinal and Neem and lime saplings at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Park under Kavi Nagar Zone. On the occasion, AMC RN Pandey, Horticulture Incharge, Dr Anuj Kumar Singh, Accounts Officer, Arun Mishra and other officials and their teams also planted saplings.

In Vasundhara Zone, a team led by AMC Pramod Kumar, Zonal Incharge, Sunil Kumar Rai planted saplings. Similarly, in Mohan Nagar Zone, Shiv Kumar Gautam, Zonal Incharge, Moinuddin, CE and Deshraj, XEN planted saplings. At Sai Upwan, Sanjeev Sinha, Chief Tax official planted saplings while in Vijay Nagar Zone Rajveer Singh, Zonal Incharge and others and in Kavi Nagar Zone, Harikishan Gupta Zonal Incharge and other officials planted different varieties of saplings.

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EOW, Delhi Police arrests former IES officer for duping person of Rs 5 cr


The Economic Offences Wing of Delhi Police has arrested one accused, namely Sunil Kumar Jha on July 3 in case FIR No. 141/18 dated June 22, 2018 at EOW Police Station, New Delhi for duping Vaidycharya Pandit Laxman Das Bhardwaj.

The complainant, Pandit Laxman Das Bhardwaj is a Vaidycharya by profession. For the promotion of his Ayurveda items and also for spiritual purchases he came in contact with accused Sunil Kumar Jha, who introduced himself as channel head of Katyani Devotional TV Channel and complainant started telecasting his programs through said channel. Sunil Kumar Jha also introduced his wife, namely Bindu Jha as an expert person and having all technical knowledge to run a TV Channel, its broadcasting etc. Accused Sunil Kumar Jha also apprised him that he had earlier worked in Doordarshan and they are also the directors of another company namely Viceroy Engineers Pvt. Ltd.. The complainant alleged that after developing the good relations and trust with him, the alleged persons made a proposal and induced him to establish his own TV channel by purchasing major shares of a company- Express Broadcasting Pvt. Ltd. and apart from it they will create the required infrastructure for TV channel.

The complainant, believing the duo, gave them an amount of around Rs. 5 crores for purchase of a TV channel. Later he came to know that he had been cheated and went to the police.

Subsequently, the accused Sunil Kumar Jha was arrested on 3rd July 2020 and will be produced before the court today. Further investigation is in progress. The accused had earlier worked as a Deputy Director in Doordarshan/Jodhpur and had been convicted  in a criminal case filed by Doordarshan with regard to cheating and misappropriation of goods from the stores of Doordarshan.

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G’bad Nagar Nigam frees land parcels worth Rs 50 cr from land mafia


The enforcement team of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) on orders of Municipal Commissioner, Dr Dinesh Chandra Singh—who received a complaint about the said encroachments—today freed 2 parcels of land worth Rs 50 crores.

These two parcels of land had been encroached upon by land mafia. The first site is located near Tigri Roundabout (between NH 24 and Gaur City) on Khasra Nos 195/36, 195/39 and 195/40, while the other one is at Dundaheda- Khasra No 295.

The GNN team demolished 6 illegal houses on the Tigri Roundabout encroachments and freed at least 9,230 sq mts of land while at Dundaheda 1,640 sq mts of land was freed. Demarcation of both the areas was done by wire fencing.

GNN sources said that at Tigri Roundabout about Rs 45 cr worth of land parcel was freed while at Dundaheda the land freed is worth Rs 5 cr.

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