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India Today Impact: UP government orders cleaning of Yamuna river in Mathura

India Today logo India Today 03-03-2021 Siraj Qureshi
a group of people on a boat in the water: India Today Impact: UP government orders cleaning of Yamuna river in Vrindavan India Today Impact: UP government orders cleaning of Yamuna river in Vrindavan

Following complaints raised by Hindu saints over the water quality of Yamuna river during the first ritual bath before the Kumbh at Vrindavan, the Uttar Pradesh government has directed the irrigation department to clean the river.

Agra Divisional Commissioner Amit Gupta visited Vrindavan on Wednesday and prepared a report on the condition of the Yamuna water in Vrindavan. The official issued strict instructions to the irrigation department to ensure the water is clean in the Yamuna.

Gupta told India Today that he also visited the Mathura police control room and checked the CCTV coverage of the popular places for devotees and saints in Mathura, including the ghats where the ritual baths during the Kumbh will take place. The garbage near the ghats was ordered to be removed immediately. The Mathura district administration has been instructed to ensure that the saints visiting Mathura should get Ganga water for drinking purposes.

A team of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) also reached Mathura today along with environmentalist lawyer MC Mehta and inspected various sites in Vrindavan, Mathura, Kosi Kalan and Chhata. They collected water samples from the Yamuna and took cognisance of the various drains emptying sewage into the river. Samples were also collected from the drain.

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