Union Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti on Saturday said cleaning up of river Yamuna will be included in the Ganga rejuvenation programme. Bharti said without cleaning Yamuna, the programme will not be successful. She was in Vrindavan to offer prayers at Bankey Bihari temple. The government has plans to rejuvenate both the rivers, Bharti said, adding the country will prosper only when the two rivers are made pollution-free.
The minister said a ‘Ganga Manthan’ meeting will be held in New Delhi on July 7 to discuss plans for rejuvenation of the two rivers.
Several environmentalists, social workers, river water project analysts, lawmakers and officials of related ministries will be participating in the meeting, she said. Whatever suggestions are drawn from the meeting, will be used to formulate a river clean-up project, she said, adding, that it is the duty of every citizen to ensure that rivers are kept clean and pollution-free and thus the common man should support the government in this project.