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Ganga Aarti to be held at about 1000 places in Uttar Pradesh

Saturday, 30 January 2021 (19:00 IST)
Lucknow:Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who apart from his excellent leadership skills is also known for his passion towards Ganga, has decided to take Ganga Aarti to a whole new level in the state.
Ganga Aarti, which has been one of the most mesmerising attractions across UP, will soon be held at about 1100 places, including Varanasi and Prayagraj. For this, the Yogi government is going to build 1038 new Aarti platforms from Bijnor to Ballia, making them religious tourism places, officials here on Saturday said.
A total of 1038 villages situated on both sides of the holy River Ganga have been selected as the new Aarti sites under the leadership of the Namami Gange Department.
According to the plan, with the cooperation of the Tourism Department, the New Aarti sites will be constructed on both sides of the villages in a radius of 5 kilometers of river Ganga from Bijnor to Ballia.
The Ganga Aarti will take place on the basis of public participation and will be performed at a fixed time every day.
Earlier, in December, during a meeting of Jal Shakti Ministry along with other department officials, instructions have been given to develop ancient and historical religious places and temples in these villages as tourist places.
Starting with Bijnor, this series of Aarti will continue till the last village of UP, situated on the banks of the river Ganga in Ballia.
By linking Ganga Aarti with villages and towns, the Yogi led BJP government wants to make ‘Ganga Swachhta Abhiyan’ the biggest mass campaign. Through this campaign, the state government wants to further strengthen the attachment among the younger generation towards their culture and especially with River Ganga.
CM Yogi is leaving no efforts for the cleanliness of the Ganga. In fact, his government has given more momentum to the Ganga Swachchta Abhiyan. Also, the government is going to start sewage treatment plants in 14 new districts soon.
After the start of the new treatment plant, there will be a total of 41 STP-equipped districts in UP.
As many as 62 Sewage Treatment Plants will be made ready in different areas of the state and will be connected with the cleanliness drive of Ganga as well as other rivers. According to the Namami Gange Department, the capacity of 62 STPs (under construction) will be 1522.12 MLD (Millions of Liters Per Day).
At present, there are a total of 104 STPs operating in the state, whose total capacity is 3298.84 MLD. After the new STP, the Ministry of Jal Shakti will be successful in stopping a large number of drains and contaminated water falling in River Ganga.(UNI)

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