New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government plans to shift water polluting industries away from Ganga as part of the Centre’s ambitious drive to clean the river. The state government’s spokesperson and its power minister Shrikant Sharma told reporters here today that the state government has drawn up plans to move such industries, which are a major source of pollution to the river.
We are now working in a big way to join the central government’s drive to clean the river, Mr Sharma said.
The shifted industries will be provided with treated water from the sewage treatment plants. It will also help in augmenting the water supply to the households, he added.
Soon after coming to power at the Centre in 2014, the government had launched ‘Namami Gange‘ programme aimed at cleaning the holy river but has not been able to meet its target so far. The BJP came to power in the two Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh in March following the assembly elections.
The BJP had blamed the then Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh and the Congress government in Uttarakhand, the state from where Ganga originates, for the alleged lack of cooperation.