The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved sewage treatment projects worth Rs 2.55 billion for the cities of Haridwar and Varanasi. Two projects, aimed at developing sewage treatment plants (STPs) with capacities to treat 68 mld and 14 mld of sewage respectively have been approved for development in Haridwar. These plants will be developed in the Jagjeetpur and Sarai areas of the city. They will entail a combined investment of Rs 1.35 billion. At the same time, NMCG has given in-principle approval for development of a 50 mld STP at Ramana in Varanasi. This plant will be developed at a cost of Rs 1.20 billion. All three projects will be developed on a hybrid annuity based public-private partnership model. Meanwhile, NMCG is also planning to soon deploy trash skimmers for Ganga river surface cleaning in six cities- Rishikesh and Haridwar in Uttarakhand, Garhmukhteshwar in Uttar Pradesh, Sahibganj in Jharkhand, and Kolkata and Nabadwip in West Bengal.