Lucknow, August 10: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, flagging off the 'Namami Gange Jagriti Yatra' on Wednesday said that it is every citizen's duty to make sure that river Ganga is kept clean and pious. He added that one crore thirty lakh trees have been planted on the banks of the Ganga.
He further added that Ganga was not only a medium of Indian civilization and culture's development but also a witness to it and pointed out that to maintain its cleanliness and flow, is the responsibility of every citizen.
Expressing his gratitude towards Prime Minster Narendra Modi for creating a separate ministry for Ganga rejuvenation, first by anyone after independence, the Chief Minister said the present government will work towards the cleanliness and proper flow of the Ganga, as best as it can.
It may be pointed here that during the Yatra, more than one lakh homeguards will cover 25 districts on the Ganga banks and create public awareness about the need to protect and conserve the holy river Ganga. Also, Toilets have been built in several villages on the banks of river Ganga to prevent open defecation.
He informed while adding that 1,627 village panchayats, in 25 districts on the banks of the river Ganga gave been made open defecation free (ODF). With this, various tanneries, dirty drains and sewers flowing into the Ganga are being tackled by the state government on a serious note.