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Jayanthi Natarajan slams UP Govt. for defiling River Ganga

New Delhi, Fri, 23 Dec 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Dec 23 (ANI): Upset over the recent revelation of high level of pollution in important rivers like the Ganga, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan has slammed the Uttar Pradesh Government for its indifferent attitude in tackling contamination of a river.


Addressing mediapersons here, Natarajan highlighted that neither funds allotted by the Central government nor the concerned agency of the River Ganga Conservation Programme had not been utilised in an appropriate manner.


"I fear that the (Uttar Pradesh) government has not used the money properly so that our efforts, all our plans, majority of the River Ganges which flows through important parts of UP have not been able to succeed, because of the indifference shown by the state government with regard to pollution," she said.


She also urged the state government to swiftly act upon the guidelines prescribed by the federal government and its agency of Pollution Control Board so as to prevent further contamination of natural water sources in the state.


"We received huge complaints regarding pollution of river and lake water generally in UP, particularly on the Aami River.


Teams have gone from the Pollution Control Board, although it is the main duty of the State's Pollution Control Board which is completely failed in its responsibility, pollution was result of direct drainage from the Gorakhpur Industrial Development Area and non working of the sewage treatment plants which the State's Pollution Control Board has to actually monitor and operate very carefully," added Natarajan.


She further informed about the government's proposed proposals to clean up River Aami that flows through four districts of the Uttar Pradesh but happens to be reeked in filth and other pollutants.


"A very comprehensive inspection was conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board in the first week of December this year and to our shock we found that water quality was almost toxic, it was really bad in the Aami River and therefore I had written a letter dated December 19th to the Chief Minister offering to pay 70 percent of the cost for cleaning up the Aami River," she said.


She also asked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to give an account of its proceedings in the matter. (ANI)


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