The money, 80% of which comes in the form of loans and 20% in credit, is designated so that the National Ganga River Basin Authority-NGRBA can build capacity of its “operational level institutions” and so that can make investments “for reducing pollution in a sustainable manner”.
That sustainable manner has four key parts, according to World Bank’s summary of the project: Wastewater collection and treatment, industrial pollution control, solid waste management, and riverfront management.
World Bank’s Venu Rajamony said:
The River Ganga is a lifeline for India and is especially critical for the large and important states it flows through. The lives of the people living here and the economy of these states are largely intertwined with the river. Earlier efforts to clean the Ganga concentrated on a few highly polluting towns and centers and addressed ‘end-of-the-pipe’ wastewater treatment there; Mission Clean Ganga builds on lessons from the past, and will look at the entire Gangetic basin while planning and prioritizing investment instead of the earlier town-centric approach.
The Gangetic Basin is home to 400 million people. Two-thirds of the sewage generated by the towns and cities on the Ganga is untreated.