Pollution Inventorization, Assessment and Surveillance on River Ganga Basin (PIAS) overview

NMCG sanctioned ‘PIAS’ (Pollution, Inventorization, Assessment & Surveillance on River Ganga) project to CPCB on 29th March, 2011 for a period of five years at project cost of Rs. 34.77 crores, vide order No. – A- 12012/9/2010-NRCD-II for extensive monitoring & priority action for pollution control.

Further it was extended for 3 months till 28.06.2016 without any fresh funding. A revised proposal was approved for one year with the cost Rs. 3.8 crores on 8th September, 2016 w.e.f. 29.06.2016 vide letter S-29011/13/2012/NMCG/NGRBA/476, with an objective of strengthening of CPCB in terms of manpower for extensive monitoring and assessment.

A project on PIAS-NG (Pollution, Inventorization Assessment and Surveillance-Namami Gange) on river Ganga has been sanctioned in 2017 to CPCB for 3 years for a cost of Rs. 42.9 Crores vide letter no. T-17/2017-18/202/NMCG/68 dated 02.11.2017 as continuation of earlier effort. The activities include inventorization of pollution sources; assess the pollution load being discharged into river Ganga directly or indirectly through tributaries, namely Banganga, Ramganga, Kali-East and Pandu. It also includes identification and assessment of quality and quantity of major drains joining river Ganga and its tributarieslike river Banganga, Ramganga, river Kali East, river Pandu & Hindon sub-basin (river Hindon, Kali –West and Krishni). Inventorization and compliance verification of Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs), performance evaluation of STPs, CETPs and Ground water monitoring to assess the impact of CETPs/STPs on main stem of river Ganga are also carried out. The findings facilitate in taking appropriate regulatory measures by PCBs and in project & program planning by NMCG to prevent, abate and control of pollution in Ganga basin.

Further, the project PIAS was extended for 6 Months w.e.f. 29th September, 2020 to 25th March, 2021 vide letter no. T-17/2017-18/202/NMCG dated 28.09.2020 without any cost escalation and within the sanctioned project amount of Rs. 42.9 Cr.

Recently, an extension of re-appropriation “Pollution Inventorization Assessment and Surveillance on River Ganga (PIAS)” project with an additional cost for inspection of GPIs in Yamuna basin and other activities with extension of 1-year w.e.f. 26.03.2021 to 25.03.2022 is received from NMCG, vide letter no. T-17/2017-18/202/NMCG dated 26.05.2021.