You can now see dolphins in Ganga: Yogi Adityanath

You can now see dolphins in Ganga: Yogi Adityanath

Lauding the ‘Namami Gange Program’, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said that there were no aquatic animals in Ganga in Kanpur before 2017, however, now people can see dolphins in Ganga.

Lucknow: Lauding the ‘Namami Gange Program’, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday said that there were no aquatic animals in Ganga in Kanpur before 2017, however, now people can see dolphins in Ganga.

“Every year from July 1-7, we celebrate Van Mohotsav Program and from 2017 to 2021 we have done 100 crore plantations. But today, we have capacity of planting 100 crore saplings in one year only,” Adityanath said at the launch program of ‘Uttar Pradesh Climate Change Conference-2021’.

He added, “Under ‘Namami Gange Program’ several steps were taken to clean Ganga. Earlier, in Kanpur at one place, 24 cr litres sewage water was discharged in Ganga. But now not a single drop of sewage water is there. Now that place is a selfie point… Before 2017 there were no aquatic animals in Ganga in Kanpur but now you can see them and you can now see dolphins in Ganga.”

During his visit to Uttar Pradesh on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated a new state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant of 10 MLD capacity in Varanasi.

According to the Ministry of Jal Shakti, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) is ensuring that a wide network of sewage treatment plants is set up to tap the flow of dirty water into the Ganga, so as to ensure the “nirmalta” (cleanliness) and “aviralta” (easy flow) of the holy river. The Namami Gange Mission is emphasising on the construction of such sewage treatment plants that can meet the requirements of the next 10-15 years, as well as rejuvenation of the entire flow area of the Ganges instead of just a few cities and towns.

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first published:Oct. 28, 2021, 5:57 p.m.

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