PM chairs Ganga River Basin Authority meet
New Delhi: The newly formed Ganga River Basin
Authority on Monday met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, to discuss several measures regarding cleaning
up the river in a systematic manner.
The nearly three-hour-long meeting was attended by Chief
Minister of Uttarakhand Ramesh Pokhriyal, his Bihar
counterpart Nitish Kumar and representatives of West Bengal
and Uttar Pradesh at the PM`s residence.
Union Minister Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh and
deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia
were also present at the first meeting of the authority.
"How to keep Ganga clean as it is a national river and how
the cities and towns situated on its banks, can be
systematised, were among the issues which were discussed,"
Pokhriyal told mediapersons after the meeting.
He said since Uttarakhand is the birthplace of Ganga, it
should be seen in a different light from other states through
which it flows.
"We have urged the Centre to give 1,000 mw of power free
of cost to us and also sought Rs 10,000 crore annually for the
state`s development, maintaining the Ganga and our forests as
Uttarakhand has 65 per cent forest cover," Pokhriyal said.
Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar and West Bengal -- the four states
through which Ganga flows -- are members of the authority.
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