Haridwar, Sep 29: “The sole aim of the opposition in the country is to oppose us only for the sake of opposition and to spread misinformation to misguide the people”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Tuesday.
PM Modi made the observation while dedicating to the nation, six mega projects, through video conferencing.
The projects include– 68 mld. capacity treatment plant at Jagjeetpur and 18 mld. capacity plant at Sarai in Haridwar district, completed under the Namami Ganga Mission.
Welcoming the Prime Minister, Union Water Resources Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said that after the completion of a network of STPs not a drop of untreated water would flow in the Ganga. Trivendra Singh Rawat, the chief minister of the state, said that almost all the STPs have been completed and the few which could not be completed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, would be completed before the Kumbh in Haridwar.
“The treated water would be recycled and reused for agricultural fields on the bank of the Ganga. We are also trying to promote organic farming in the stretches on the banks of the holy river, which would empower the farmers community”, remarked the Chief Minister.
PM Modi said that Ganga was not only the center of faith and our culture, but it was also the lifeline of about half the population of the country. Targeting the former non BJP governments at the center, he said that they wasted money on cleanliness of the Ganga, but their efforts did not yield any result, since they had neither farsightedness nor could they enlist public participation in the Ganga cleanliness mission. “We had adopted a new approach and new technology the result of which is there for all to see,” he added.
He further remarked that during the last Ardh Kumbh at Prayag, the devotees from all over the world witnessed the magnificence and purity of the Ganga and now during the coming Kumbh at Haridwar they will have the experience of taking bath and achman (a ritual of sipping water) in clean water of the holy river. Elaborating further on the clean Ganga Mission, he said that it was the biggest and widest component of Jal Jeevan Mission, which had been launched by the union water resources ministry.
On the occasion a documentary, showcasing the flowing of the Ganga through mountains and its biodiversity, was also displayed. The PM also unveiled Ganga Avlokan Museum, built at Chandighat in the city. The museum would promote tourism in the region, he hoped.
Lambasting the opposition parties, mainly the Congress, without naming them, he said that they had no agenda except targeting his government. “They oppose all the reforms. When we introduced GST to cut down taxes, they opposed it. When we purchased Rafale to strengthen our air force, they opposed it. When we tried to liberate the farmers from the clutches of the middle men, they opposed it. They are even insulting the farmers by consigning to fire the machines, which are venerated by the farmers” he alleged.
Without naming the Congress, he said that a party, whose four generations have ruled the country, is opposing agriculture bills, which we have brought for the freedom of the farmers. They are targeting us by training their guns at us from the shoulders of others”, he stated.