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Work initiated to make Ganga pollution free before 2019 Ardh Kumbh: Yogi

A vast plantation drive has also been launched in the areas falling on the banks of the Ganga

Press Trust of India 

Ganga, Varanasi
In the coming two years no one will be allowed to release garbage or waste in the river: Yogi

A massive work plan has been initiated to ensure that garbage and waste stop flowing into the before the 2019 'Ardhkumbh', Chief Minister on Tuesday said.

The river flows through 25 districts of


"Before the 2019 Prayag (Allahabad) Ardhkumbh, not even a single drain or garbage will flow into the ..a large scale work plan has got underway to ensure this," the chief minister said at a programme organised here by the Isha Foundation.

"A work plan worth Rs 30,000 crore has been started under the Prime Minister's 'namami Gange' project to make Ganga and its tributaries 'aviral, nirmal' (ever flowing and clean)", Adityanath said.

"In the coming two years no one will be allowed to release garbage or waste in the river and treatment plants will be set up at different places to first treat the discharge before it is allowed to flow into the river," he said.

"In the first phase, we have resolved to make all villages falling on the river's banks open defecation free (ODF) and have also succeeded in it," the chief minister said in the presence of founder of the Isha Foundation, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev.

Referring to Sadguru's 'Save the Rivers' campaign, the chief minister said that it was not just a campaign or a slogan but an attempt to save the human creation.

A vast plantation drive has also been launched in the areas falling on the banks of the

"I myself had gone to Garh Mukteshwar for it...all ministers, MPs, MLAs took part at different places...officials of all departments, the administration took part. We have planted six crore saplings in the state...this work was been done in different phases," he said.

The chief minister said the practice of planting eucalyptus has been stopped and instead people are being encouraged to plant peepul, mango, bargad, neem, bel or medicinal plants or plants having religious significance.

Hailing the 'Rally for Rivers ' programme, he said the new UP government has already started implementing programmes aimed at this.

"The government has started the project to treat the waste flowing into Gomti in so as to save the river, the project for it has already started," he added.

First Published: Tue, September 26 2017. 16:09 IST
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