Unfazed by the slow progress in the cleaning of holy river Ganga, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has said the Centre is committed to clean up Yamuna river. Further, she announced a grand plan to start an ambitious ferry service between Vrindavan and Agra in Uttar Pradesh in two years.
Speaking in Vrindavan, where she had gone to launch a project under the ‘Namami Gange’ project, she said the Yamuna would become navigable for steamers and motor boats within two years.
The drains opening into the Yamuna in Mathura and Vrindavan will be diverted and more water released into the river as the Haryana government had agreed to cooperate and help meet the demand for water from Yamuna activists, the minister said.
The treated water from sewage treatment plants in Mathura and Vrindavan will now be used by Mathura Oil Refinery, for which an MoU has been signed.
The refinery daily uses some two lakh litres of water.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari assured that the river would be cleaned up.
The Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMUY) was launched in Vrindavan by Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari in the presence of Uma Bharati, Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation; Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas; Hema Malini, Mathura MP; and Rajkumar Rawat, MLA, Govardhan.
Gadkari said the scheme fulfilled the vision of the Prime Minister to provide clean fuel to BPL families.
Bharati thanked Pradhan for signing the memorandum of understanding for setting up of an effluent treatment plant and using the treated water for use in Indian Oil’s Mathura refinery.