UP Govt To Clean Up River Ganga Ahead Of Maha Kumbh Mela


LUCKNOW, INDIA, December 24, 2012 (India Times): In a bid to make available a clean and continuous flow of water in the river Ganga during the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad next month, the UP government has issued directions for shutting down industrial units that discharge pollutants in the river, officials said today.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Javed Usmani yesterday asked the concerned district magistrates to constitute a committee for inspection of polluting industries and ensure that they are closed within three days, an official spokesperson said here.

He also asked for ensuring that eight industrial units banned by the UP pollution control board, including distilleries and leather units in different districts remain closed.

The chief secretary has also directed for release of additional 2,500 cusecs (a unit of flow equal to 1 cubic ft. per second) of water in the Ganga between January 1, 2013 to February 28 and 1,500 cusecs of water between March 1 to March 7 for the good flow in the river.

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