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).