Centre, UP govt to shift tanneries from Kanpur to save Ganga: Uma

Centre, UP govt to shift tanneries from Kanpur to save Ganga: Uma


Centre, UP govt to shift tanneries from Kanpur to save Ganga: Uma


New Delhi:  In a major step towards the cleaning of the Ganges along Kanpur, the dirtiest known stretch of the river, Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti today said the government will soon announce a plan to shift the tanneries that were on the river banks in the city. Addressing a press conference here, Ms Bharti said, 'The tanneries in Kanpur were the major contributors in polluting the river.' The Minister along with her Minister of States and the Water Secretary and the Director General were to soon discuss it with the Uttar Pradesh government and formulate a strategy to shift the tanneries from the banks of Ganges along Kanpur. The Minister said a survey has already been conducted and the tannery owners were also of the view to save the river, as there businesses would not survive if the river pollution was not controlled. While talking about the Ganga Act in a bid to inform about her Ministry's achievements of the past three years under the NDA government, the Minister said the Act was in its final stage of formation and will soon be presented in front of the Cabinet for implementation. The Minister said, 'This will be India's first act for the protection of a river and will soon empower various plans and programs that were functioning for river's protection. In the absence of the act it was difficult for the government to really come out with the facts regarding who actually was polluting the river system. She said after the implementation of the act it will be easier for the government to take legal action against the ones responsible for polluting the river. Ms Bharti said an average of 20 lakh people bath everyday in the river Ganges while the annual estimate for the same was around 60 crore. Stressing on the depleting ground water resources, the Minister said the country should take lessons from Haryana and Punjab and make sensible use of ground water at the same time adopting various measures to recharge the ground water table. The Ministry has initiated various programs throughout the country in wake of the continuous drop in the the ground water table. The Central Ground Water Board has embarked in to an Aquifer mapping programme in approximately 8.89 lakh square kilometers, while the focus of the CGWB is on the water stressed areas in eight states such as Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Bundelkhand, the she added.

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