Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat seeks report on drains polluting Ganga

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Rawat seeks report on Ganga pollution
Dehradun, Sep 14: Reiterating his commitment towards a clean Ganga, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has directed the authorities to immediately prepare a report on the drains polluting the river in the state.

According to a government release, Rawat in a meeting on the Ganga cleanliness plan yesterday had directed the district magistrates to create an report on the drains flowing into the river and also identify the villages bordering the river and prepare a report on them.

Rawat said permanent community toilets should be built even in places of floating population and a proposal should be created for the same to improve the drainage system. He said that a survey of the cities needs to be carried out as to how many drains fall straight into the Ganga and in how many of them water treatment is being carried out.

Rawat has also given directions to create a consolidated plan for cities like Rishikesh and Haridwar which are situated on the banks of Ganga. Similarly, he wants a plan to be prepared for Yamuna and other rivers, as all small rivers converge with the Ganga or Yamuna.

Rawat said, the condition in which Ganga originates from Gangotri, the state government is committed to giving it to the country in the same condition. He has also asked the officials to prepare data for villages without toilets and also data on the situation of toilets in aganwadis and schools.

He said that in the cities situated on the banks of the river focus should be laid on cleanliness, sewarage and treatment plants and a plan should be prepared for them. And while preparing them it should be kept in mind what will be the population in these places after 10 years.

Rawat has said that the proposals to be sent to the central government should be prepared on time.

PTI

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