Tuesday, April 25, 2017

No reason to dismantle Farakka barrage, says Uma Bharti

Patna: Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti ruled out the possibility of dismantling Farakka Barrage to solve the persistent problem of silts in Ganga.

“Silting is a problem in all rivers. We have got the reports on the causes of silting in Ganga and the work will start soon to make Ganga silt free,” he said.

“We can solve the problem of silting in the other rivers too by following Ganga a model in near future”, he said.

“The Union Government is serious on the issue of Ganga river silting”, he said.

Bharti inspected the progress of Ganga River Front Development Project and made a trip from Barharwa Ghat to Gandhi Ghat, during her one-day visit of the state capital.

Earlier, the union minister reviewed the progress work of Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) and Sewerage Network Project of the State Capital at State Guest House.

Six STPs and 1163 km-long sewerage line are set to be constructed in Patna.

Construction work of three STPs-Saidpur, Beur and Karmalichak-projects have already been approved under Centre and State partnership while the Central Government will bear all the expenses of Kankarbagh and Digha STPs.

Photo: Aftab Alam Siddiqui

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