Farakka, June 1: Water Pollution and misuse of river banks have caused a poor condition of our national river Ganga. To conduct effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of the river, Union Government of India started ‘Namami Gange Programme’. Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti has said that West Bengal will be provided trash skimmers for solid management. She assured that Centre will give appropriate fund to all Ganga basin states to achieve the target.
Uma Bharti attended a meeting of Ministry and Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) at Farakka. In the meeting she announced, fish ladders, which aid fish in their migration upstream to spawn, would be installed in the Farakka Barrage. Issues such as silt management, tourism potential of the area that could generate employment and ensure adequate water flow to promote inland waterways in the State were also discussed in the meeting.
Uma Bharti went to West Bengal for her Ganga Nirikshan Abhiyan. She has completed the first leg of her Abhiyan in West Bengal. She took part in Ganga Arti at Vaishnav Ghat in Kolkata where she urged the gathering to participate selflessly in Ganga cleaning as people’s participation is indispensable in the task. On the second day of the Abhiyan, the Minister inspected Ghat cleaning works in Kakdweep at Ganga Sagar.
Uma Bharti also interacted with local government officials, local dwellers, and other stakeholders during the inspection. Ganga Chaupals were organized at two locations on 27th May - Ganga Sagar and Diamond Harbour. On both the occasions the Minister interacted with local communities and heard their concerns. She assured people that adequate arrangements for toilets will be made at Ganga Sagar. She requested people to refrain themselves from polluting the river.