GS Paper II- Governance.

Government Launches Ganga Gram Project At Ganga Gram Swachata Sammelan.


  • Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti on 23rd December, 2017 launched the ‘Ganga Gram’ project as part of the government’s clean Ganga mission, named Namami Gange, for holistic sanitation development in 4,470 villages on the banks of the river.
  • The project was launched at the Ganga Gram Swachata Sammelan here which was attended by more than 1,400 delegates including 500 village heads from Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, state government officials and Ganga Swachhta volunteers.

Highlights Of The Development-

  • At the launch event, Bharti said that development takes place only if adequate care and precaution are taken in the project to protect the environment of the Ganga.
  • The Ganga Gram project depends on the commitment and resolve of the people living on its banks, she said.
  • Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development Minister Nitin Gadkari appealed to the village heads to pledge unconditional support for making the river and the villages on its banks clean.
  • The Centre and the state governments have identified 24 villages to be taken up under a pilot project to transform them into ‘Ganga Grams’.

Sources- The Indian Express, TOI.


GS Paper III- Economic Development.

NHAI Creates National Highways Investment Promotion Cell.


  • The National Highways Authority of India has created a National Highways Investment Promotion Cell (NHIPC) for attracting domestic and foreign investment for highways projects.
  • The cell will focus on engaging with global institution investors, construction companies, developers and fund managers for building investor participation in road infrastructure projects.
  • The government has set an ambitious target of constructing 35,000 km of National Highways in the next five years involving an investment of Rs 5.35 crore under Bharatmala Pariyojana.



Highlights Of The Development-

  • In October,2017, the Union Cabinet cleared the Bharatmala project to construct 20,000 km of highways connecting western and eastern parts of the country at an estimated investment of Rs 7 lakh crore.
  • In the first phase to be undertaken over three-five years, the project would cost Rs 5.5 lakh crore. The project would be funded through various sources, including Rs 2.09 lakh crore from the market, Rs 1.06 lakh crore through private investment and Rs 2.19 lakh crore from the central road fund or toll collection.
  • The roads that would be built under Bharatmala will include state highways, national highways and some state roads across the country. Every state will get proportional projects under the scheme.
  • Bharatmala is the largest highways project after the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP) which saw the development of about 50,000 km, and aims at improving connectivity in border and other areas.
  • The primary focus of NHIPC will be to promote foreign and domestic investment in road infrastructure. The NHIPC will be working in close co-ordination with various connected Ministries and Departments of Government of India, State Governments, Apex Business Chambers like CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, and Invest India etc. NHIPC will also work in close co-ordination with Foreign Embassies and Missions in India and Indian Embassies and Missions situated in foreign countries.

Sources- Business-Standard.


GS Paper IV- Integrity.

Punjab CM Launches PUDA-UCIC App To Check Illegal Construction.


  • Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on 20th December, 2017 launched a mobile app to check unauthorised construction, and also unveiled a new web portal of the housing department for online issuance of change of land use.
  • While the app will enable quick action to stop any ongoing illegal construction, the web portal will facilitate easy land use change and help citizens track any such change, the chief minister said in Chandigarh.
  • The android-based App, known as PUDA-UCIC (Unauthorised constructions and illegal colonies), opened for public use on 20th December in Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) region.


Highlights Of The Development-

  • With this app, the field staff and public would be able to click pictures of any unauthorised construction from the spot and upload them for further action.
  • The satellite and geo tagging based app will provide the unique details of the location, enabling the officials to take quick action to stop the ongoing illegal construction and illegal colonies on the land.
  • Complaints would automatically be assigned to concerned officials based on GIS maps and GPS locations, and alerts would go out to the concerned officials by SMS and email.
  • Housing and urban development department has also pioneered a web portal under ease of doing business where in developer shall be able to get change of land use through online portal itself without having to visit the office.
  • The provisional CLU shall be available instantly to the developer after self certification of the details of his land and the final CLU shall be made available within 30 days after back end checking of documents about the land by the department.
  • E-CLU shall ease out the developer in getting clearance and streamline the whole process in the department.

Sources- Business Today.