Union Drinking Water and Sanitation minister Uma Bharti on Wednesday launched the Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place , Swajal project — a community owned drinking water programme — in Uttarakhand’s Uttarkashi district.Under a special initiative, the minister also announced the Bagori Ganga Gram project for the states Bagori village.
These projects would also generate new employment opportunities will further create cleanliness, providing basic amenities to the people of villages on the banks of the Ganga. The ONGC with its CSR fund will help in taking Gangotri to a higher levelof cleanliness.Therefore launched Gangotri as Swachh Iconic Places.
Swajal, which is a community owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply, was inaugurated by the minister at Bagori and a budget of Rs 32 lakh has been alloted.
Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place project:
The SIP is a drive under the Swachh Bharat Mission focuses on improving the sanitation and cleanliness of 100 most iconic places in the country.The SIP or Swachh Iconic Place project is coordinated by Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation (MDWS), in collaboration with Union Ministries of Housing & Urban Affairs, Tourism, Culture, state governments, municipal and local agencies. CSR funds of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) will be used for making Gangotri as Swachh Iconic Place (SIP).
Bagori Ganga Gram project:
Uma Bharti during her visit to Uttarkashi, launched the Bagori Ganga Gram project and the New Swajal Project at Bagori village. It is is one of 24 pilot Ganga Villages chosen to be transformed into Ganga Grams this year.With total expense of Rs 11.88 lakh, This project is a solid and liquid waste management scheme.
- Union Drinking Water and Sanitation minister Uma Bharati today launched the Gangotri Swachh Iconic Place project and Swajal — a community owned drinking water programme — in Uttarakhands Uttarkashi district.
- The focus of the project Swachh Iconic Place project or SIP will be to improve the basic infrastructure such as sanitation, waste collection, solar lamps, providing potable water, among others.
- In collaboration with Union ministries of housing and urban affairs, tourism, culture, state governments, and public and private sector companies, (under their corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects),Sites that have been selected will be jointly developed by the Union ministry of drinking water and sanitation under SIP.
- Oil and Natural Gas Limited (ONGC) has been selected as the CSR partner for Gangotri project and will be a time-bound project and about Rs 4-5 crore will be spent every year on improving Gangotri’s cleanliness. ONGC will provide funds and the project will be mostly carried out as CSR activity.
India is preparing to host the first mega inaugural International Solar Alliance Summit in Delhi on March 11 ,2018 in the presence of more than a dozen leaders, including those from Asia, Pacific and South America, to set the ball rolling for the country’s leadership in providing affordable renewable energy. During the summit, two new programmes — on scaling solar e-mobility and storage, and on rooftop solar will be also be inaugurated.
The primary objective of the alliance is to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
French President Emanuel Macron, who will be on a state visit to India coinciding with the event on this great Summit. International Solar Alliance summit is expected to be attended by Presidents of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, along with leaders of prominent oil producing South American nations and Pacific Islands,Heads of World Bank, ADB, BRICS Bank and European Investment Bank .
International Solar Alliance summit:
The ISA or International Solar Alliance summit was one of key takeaways at Paris Climate summit, 2015. ISA or International Solar Alliance summit is the first treaty-based intergovernmental organisation (entered into force in December 2017) to be headquartered at Gurugram, India.This initiative was first proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a speech in November 2015 at Wembley Stadium, in which he referred to sunshine countries as Suryaputra .The focus is on solar power utilization and to stop the exploitation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Key Points: Solar Alliance
- Citing global climate change as one of the biggest global challenges, PM Narendra Modi announced that India will host the first summit of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in March.
- French President (Emmanuel) Macron and leaders of member countries of the Alliance will also participate in the first summit of the Alliance, which will be held in New Delhi.He further added International Solar Alliance is now a reality after the necessary treaty ratification.
- International Solar Alliance include important objectives like global deployment of over 1,000GW of solar generation capacity and mobilization of investment of over US $1000 billion into solar energy by 2030.
- To aggregate global demand, thereby reducing prices through bulk purchase, facilitating deployment of existing solar technologies at scale International Solar Alliance (ISA) aims to bring together countries with rich solar potential.
- India has pledged a target of installing 100GW by 2022 and reduction in emission intensity by 33–35% by 2030 to let solar energy reach to the most unconnected villages and communities and also towards creating a clean planet.