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For Ganga clean up, Uma Bharti studies Gujarat work on Sabarmati river

Uma Bharti has formed a committee to find out the path of dried up Saraswati river near Siddhpur in Patan district.

By: Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Updated: September 22, 2014 8:31 pm
Bharti was on her one-day visit to Gujarat primarily to observe the work done by Gujarat Government to preserve and develop Sabarmati river which could be replicated in the Ganga Rejuvenation project. Bharti was on her one-day visit to Gujarat primarily to observe the work done by Gujarat Government to preserve and develop Sabarmati river which could be replicated in the Ganga Rejuvenation project.

Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti  has formed a committee to find out the path of dried up Saraswati river near Siddhpur in Patan district which may help increase ground water level in the region. Bharti said so while talking to media persons on her one-day visit to Gujarat on Monday primarily to observe the work done by Gujarat Government to preserve and develop Sabarmati river which could be replicated in the Ganga Rejuvenation project.

Bharti said that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had done a lot of work on this (finding path of the dried-up Saraswati river) and added that her ministry had formed a committee which included Gujarat-cadre IAS officer posted with the ministry as additional secretary, Amarjeet Singh, for the task.

She also stated that the committee would make efforts to find out the path of dried-up rivers in the country. She said that this would not necessarily mean effort to recharge the river, but it would certainly help in efforts to increase overall ground water level in the region. She added that it was yet not known if the river could be recharged.

Explaining the primary object of her visit Bharti said, “I have come to see the work done by Gujarat Government on the Sabarmati river. Former Chief Minister of Gujarat who is now the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has given me a very important task of rejuvenating Ganga-Yamuna and sister rivers. A lot of work has been done in Gujarat (on water resources) and so, I am going to visit Sabarmati river. Our department will study the work (done by Gujarat Government there)…”
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done good work in all the subjects in Gujarat. And in the field of water resources, massive work has been done in Gujarat,” she added.

In the morning, Bharti had visited Siddhpur to offer prayers on Matru Shraddha. “Today is a very auspicious day, its Krishna Chaturdashi. And so, I had gone there (Siddhpur) for Matru Shraddha.”

Later in the day, Bharti had paid a courtesy visit to Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel during which she also talked on the work done by Gujarat Government on Sabarmati river.

Sabarmati Riverfront recently came into lime-light when Chinese President, Xi Jinping, and a huge Chinese delegation accompanied by him was hosted by Modi there near Subhash Bridge in Ahmedabad.

After meeting Patel at Swarnim Sankul in New Secretariat in Gandhinagar in the afternoon, Bharti spoke to media persons wherein she refused to comment on the political imbroglio between BJP and Shivsena in Maharashtra on seat sharing for the upcoming assembly elections there. She only said that like Akali Dal in Punjab, Shiv Sena was BJP’s natural alliance and hoped that the issue should be settled between the two parties.

On the controversial issue of Love Jihad, Bharti said that it was more of a social problem. She added that the government would come into picture in it only if there was a law & order issue involved. Otherwise, she said, the issue has to be tackled by the parents (of boys & girls).

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  1. George Cv
    Sep 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm
    It is a tragedy that gujarat model is adopted everywhere without going into details. Sabarmati cleaning under gujarat model was only beautifying the embankments with gardens. The water was untouched.
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      joseph
      Sep 23, 2014 at 6:57 am
      Actually no we are not comparing APPLE AND ORANGES. Since it is already cleaned, people think it was easy to clean it up. Sabarmati is the only success story in India, which other river they are gonna study ? There is no other project to compare it with. Nobody said the plan for cleaning river Gnaga will be same as that of Sabarmati. I don't ghet people get so hyper-sensitive when they hear the name Sabarmati or Modi.I do have objection as to why an educated politician trying to become environmentalist. Why doesn't she give full autonomy to IITs to consue a plan and study not Sbasmati but Thames and other rivers allover world where cleaning was succesfully and unsuccessfully done.I heard about govt. affidavit to SC, it was good. Only think is that i don't have confidence that timeline will be met if its left to the states like UP and Bihar. Union govt should take responsibility by citing that the projects involves more than 1 state. Issue an global tender for the waste management and water treatment for the 118 towns highlighted i the affidavit to sc,Govt. shouldn't be handling this project, it should be given to a private sector.
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      1. Saumen Sengupta
        Sep 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm
        Is Ganga similar in volume, scope and pollution as has been Sabarmati? Are we not comparing apples with oranges? Has there been any study to study the cost of digging up dried river beds to produce any water?
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