Clean Ganga campaign: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday sought Belgium’s cooperation in the cleaning of river Ganga before the Prayag Ardh Kumbh in 2019. Earlier, on May 27, ANI had reported quoting CM Adityanath that the UP government had set itself a goal to get the river Ganga cleaned before the Ardh Kumbh commenced. Addressing a Swachh Bharat programme, attended by public representatives of all local bodies, Yogi Adityanath had apprised reporters about the Bharatiya Janata Party led state government’s resolve to clean the Ganga and keep it that way. He said, “The government is making a plan to ensure that no pollutant is thrown in the Ganga before 2019 Ardh Kumbh in Varanasi.”
CM Adityanath had said that the river Ganga was everyone’s mother and hence everyone was responsible for keeping it clean. Adityanath also reminded the media about a time during the British rule in India during which an effort had been made to disturb the flow of the river in Haridwar, which was thwarted by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. The British empire, at that time, had to sign an agreement in this regard, he added. Adityanath told ANI, “Considering the shortcomings of earlier efforts to clean the Ganga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has earmarked Rs 20000 crore for the Clean Ganga Project”
The CM also asserted that the role of public representatives of UP in the cleansing if the Ganges as the river flowed through the state. “If we think that keeping the Ganga clean is only the government’s duty, then we are not only deceiving ourselves but also others,” Yogi said. He was of the opinion that a lot had already been done in cleaning the river but stressed that public participation was highly required. “For example, around 4,43, 718 public toilets have been constructed in the 1627 villages on the banks of the Ganga but if these toilets are not used then how the Ganga would be cleaned,” asked the UP CM.