Namami Gange, irrigation schemes will be completed shortly in UP: Uma Bharti

Namami Gange, irrigation schemes will be completed shortly in UP: Uma Bharti


Namami Gange, irrigation schemes will be completed shortly in UP: Uma Bharti


Lucknow: Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti today claimed that the Namami Gange projects and the irrigation schemes in Uttar Pradesh would be completed soon by the Yogi Government. "I can only say that all the projects in UP, involved in Namami Gange, would be completed by October, 2018 as the Yogi Government in the state has started taking initiatives for the completion of projects, which had been derailed by the previous Akhilesh Yadav Government," Ms Bharti said. The State Government had earlier refused to give NoC to the Centre on several projects related to the Namami Gange in Kanpur and other places. Talking to the mediapersons after two-hour meeting with the Chief Minister in the presence of senior officials of the state as well as the Union Government, she claimed that all the projects would be completed before time. "I have informed the UP CM that the Centre was ready to provide Rs 7,000-crore under the Namami Gange Project to the State to complete all the projects. Besides, the Centre would try to clear all the obstacles created by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) during a meeting slated on April 11," she said. In the Namami Gange Project, four rivers -- Ganga, Ram Ganga, Yamuna and Kali -- would be taken up for cleaning where Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), Ghats and other things would be developed. Talking about the irrigation expansion in the State, the Union Minister said that the Chief Minister too expressed his concern over the problems in the Bundelkhand region. "I have asked the State officials to study the projects taken up by four States like MP, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Telangana. While MP and Maharashtra took initiative to complete the decade-old projects, the state of Rajathan introduced drip and sprinkler system and Telengana created small water bodies to expand the irrigation system," she said. Ms Bharti said that the Centre was ready to provide around Rs 20,000-crore for the irrigation projects and the CM has asked his officials to give a presentation on the proposed projects within a week. "We are optimistic that the Yogi Government in UP would make a change in the development scenario within a short period and his working style has already drawn the attention of the media," she further claimed. She also supported that UP Government's decision to order probe the Gomti River Front Project saying everyone knew about the irregularities. "We have started working but till the lapses are detected and the guilty people punished, things cannot be rectified, " she said.

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