Ghaziabad: Remove encroachments from water bodies to save groundwater, directs Minister

At a special event organized by Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) today along Hindon banks, Urban Development Minister of UP, Suresh Kumar Khanna participated in an afforestation drive and praised the GNN’s efforts to tackle pollution

A special programme was held today for water conservation, rain water harvesting and for environment conservation in which UP Urban Development Minister, Suresh Kumar Khanna was the esteemed guest. The event saw participation of several officials of administration, Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN), other urban local bodies and all Ghaziabad MLAs. An afforestation programme was also held along Hindon. Notable among the attendees were DM Ritu Maheshwari, Municipal Commissioner, Dinesh Chandra Singh, CDO Ramesh Ranjan and other officials.

At least 2,000 officials and employees participated in the afforestation drive. In the drive, Jal Kumbhi that was growing rampantly was removed from Hindon Chhat Ghat. It was envisaged that GNN would plant at least 2 lakh saplings out of which 50 saplings were planted today.

Municipal Commissioner, Dinesh Chandra Singh while addressing the gathering said that the Uttar Pradesh plastic and other non-biodegradable garbage (Regulation of use and disposal) 2018 has been brought in its present form by the Minister, keeping in mind the need for tackling plastic waste. He said that the implementation of this law will go a long way in preventing pollution of water bodies from plastic.

Suresh Khanna praised the efforts of the GNN in tackling pollution. One of the major issue he spoke on was preservation of groundwater. He further said that all measures should be taken by the authorities including the administration and the GNN to free the ponds, lakes and water bodies from encroachments and such bodies should be rejuvenated for recharging of aquifers and groundwater.

Khanna also flagged off 6 poclain machines for efficiently handling cleaning of drains and one cattle catching vehicle. reporter