National River Conservation Directorate

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The National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD) which functions under the Ministry provides assistance to various State Governments for implementing the River Action Plans in 29 identified grossly polluted stretches of various rivers of the country under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP). The objective of NRCP is to improve the water quality of these rivers, which are the major fresh water sources in the country, through the implementation of pollution abatement schemes. The important works being taken up under the NRCP include :

-       Interception and diversion works to capture the raw sewage flowing into the river through open drains and divert them for treatment.

-       Sewage Treatment Plants for treating the diverted sewage.

-       Low cost sanitation works to prevent open defecation on river banks.

-       Electric crematoria and Improved Wood Crematoria to conserve the use of wood and help in ensuring proper cremation of bodies brought to the burning ghats.

-       River Front Development works such as improvement of bathing ghats etc.

-       Other minor miscellaneous works.