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British Experts on River Cleaning calls on Uma Bharti

A team of experts from UK called on Union Minister for water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma Bharti to discuss Clean Ganga Mission. The three member team was accompanied by British Deputy High Commissioner in India Mr.Julian Evans and Second Secretary Energy Security Ms. Melissa Else.The British experts also gave a power point presentation on measures taken to clean River Thames in UK.

During the discussions the Minister emphasized on the need to utilise the assets already created in Varanasi during Ganga Action Plan at the first instance so that it can be revived by July this year. Dr.Martin Griffiths, Former Head of Water Quality for the UK Environment Agency and Deputy Director of Regulation in the Department of Environment ,Food and Rural Affairs , who was one of the member of the team gave a detailed account of the assets created and presently lying unutilized on the banks of Ganga at Varanasi.Dr.Griffiths was one of the experts who was associated with Ganga Action Plan-I. The other two experts were Mr.Ben Piper, Hydrologist and water resource planner from Atkins consultants and Mr. Gwyn Rees, Director , Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Science Area Lead for water resources..Sushri Bharti thanked British experts and expressed the hope that her Ministry looks forward for a long and fruitful association with them in Clean Ganga Mission.

Secretary of the Ministry Shri AK Bishnoi,Additional Secretay Dr.Amarjeet Singh, Director National Mission on Clean Ganga, Shri TVSN Prasad and senior officials of the Ministry were also present during the discussions.



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