Yogi govt cracks the whip, company fined Rs 3 crore for pollution in Ganga

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Lucknow, November 09: The Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh is going to deal strictly with those who pollute an ancient river the Ganges.

However, actions against such companies and institutions have been initiated.

The Namami Gange department has imposed a fine of Rs 3 crore in Varanasi, taking the biggest action ever on a company negligent in sewage treatment plants (STPs) operations.

Teams of Namami Gange Department are conducting raids on about a dozen STPs in the state and checking the standard and quality.

The Yogi government has kicked off a major action by accelerating the continuous and clean Ganga campaign.

The Namami Gange Department has started checking the work capacity and quality of private and government sector STPs in different parts of the state. A total of nine teams are formed and surprise inspections and sewage disposal are being investigated.

A spokesman of the state government said that on the instructions of Principal Secretary Namami Gange, the first action in the ongoing investigation across the state has been taken in Varanasi.

Ramana STP in Varanasi has not been found to be at the standard set during the investigation.

Also, Ramana has been found to be below the STP average in terms of sewage disposal quality. After thorough investigation into the sewage disposal process, the Namami Gange department has imposed a major fine of Rs 3 crore on the operator company of Ramna STP. This is the biggest ever action on negligence in sewage disposal.

According to the spokesman, the campaign is going on in other areas of the state.

A total of 104 STPs are operated in the state. 44 STPs are under the purview of Namami Gange Department.

He said that the Yogi government is constantly running awareness campaigns on the cleanliness of the Ganges. From the cleanliness of the Ganga Ghats to stopping the drains falling in the Ganges, new STPs are also being built on a large scale.

Principal Secretary Namami Gange Anurag Shrivastava informed that Aviral Ganga is the resolve of the Nirmal Ganga State Government. We are moving in the same direction. Investigation, awareness and action are being done at every level till the amount of dirt and pollution in the Ganges is zero.