Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday expressed his commitment to clean up the Yamuna river by 2022.
While addressing a gathering at the Kumbh Mela area in Vrindavan, Yogi commented on the Kejriwal government in Delhi. He said that if the Delhi government cleans up the Yamuna when it leaves Delhi, there will not be many efforts needed to clean the river.
Speaking to India Today, the CM said that the UP government will clean up the Yamuna by 2022, as per the desire of the saints of Braj.
He asserted that the Yamuna would be cleaned the way river Ganga was made pollution-free in Kanpur. Answering a question, CM Yogi said that when the Ganga can be cleaned up in Kanpur, then why not the Yamuna.
“The target of the UP Government is to make the Yamuna water not only fit for bathing but even to drink it raw,” he added, referring to the future plans.
Yogi visited the Bankey Bihari temple and participated in the Yamuna Arti. He also dedicated developmental projects worth Rs 411 crores in the Braj region, which are being done under the aegis of Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad.
Arriving at the Kumbh Poorv Vaishnav Baithak, Yogi said that it was his good fortune to be present on this occasion. “The UP Government will give a new identity to the Braj region through the work being done by the Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad,” he said.
Reaching the Tourist Facilitation Center, Yogi Adityanath addressed the saints and thanked them for allowing him to be of service for the conservation of the spiritual and cultural heritage of the Braj region. He said that numerous governments have come and gone since independence in Uttar Pradesh but his government is the first to model the development of India as per the desires of the saints. He said that his desire is to build an impartial developmental model in the state.