The Government of India has received financing of $1 billion equivalent from the World Bank toward the cost of the National Ganga River Basin Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds to payments for goods, works, related services and consulting services to be procured under this project.

The National Mission for Clean Ganga has been entrusted with the task of implementing the National Ganga River Basin Programme.

The project has three components relating to institutional development, priority infrastructure investment and project implementation support (including consultancies, communication and public awareness etc.). The first component would seek to build the institutional capacity to effectively implement the overall NGRBP, including infrastructure investment funded by the second component.

The National Ganga River Basin Authority aims to build capacity of its operational-level institutions for managing a comprehensive Ganga clean-up and conservation programme; and reduce point-source pollution loads through sustainable interventions at selected locations on the Ganga.

Till date 11 investment projects have been approved and Invitation for Bidding has already been announced for the following six projects:

Uttar Pradesh
* 14-mld STP at Salori, Allahabad
* Sewerage system (134.19 km of network) in Sewerage District C & Allahpur, Allahabad
* Sewerage works (240.627 km of network) in Sewerage District A, Allahabad

Bihar
* 60-mld sewage treatment plant at Pahari, Patna
* Sewerage scheme (87.69 km network) at Pahari (Zone IVA(S)), Patna
* Sewerage scheme (110.65 km network) at Pahari (Zone V), Patna

Invitation for Bidding for these projects under the World Bank’s procurement procedures (ICB/NCB) is in the respective websites of the state governments (www.sgrca.org and www.buidco.in), NMCG (www.nmcg.nic.in; www.moef.nic.in), and website of Bank’s external website, implementing organization’s websites, and in national/local newspapers. The rest of the projects are fast approaching bidding stage.

Bidders’ conference
Credit Rating Information Services of India Ltd, on behalf of National Mission for Clean Ganga, is organising a half-day ‘Bidders’ Conference’ in New Delhi, on April 17, 2014. The focus of the conference would be to brief about the National Ganga River Basin Authority programme of National Mission for Clean Ganga, Ministry of Environment and Forests and the imminent bidding opportunities in the field of sewerage works and sewage treatment plants along the River Ganga.

Interested bidders in the field of sewerage and STP infrastructure are invited to the workshop and may contact Abhay Kantak, Director, CRISIL, at 0-9820416720 for further details on the conference.


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