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CM Yogi Adityanath Orders Immediate Removal of River and Pond Encroachments

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to take immediate action to remove encroachments on the banks of rivers and ponds across the state. The directive was issued during a meeting held on Thursday, emphasizing the urgent need for environmental preservation and the revival of natural water bodies.

The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) highlighted the prevalence of encroachments along the banks of the Ramganga river in Moradabad, a problem mirrored in other districts such as Kashi and Saharanpur. “There are encroachments on the banks of Ramganga river in Moradabad. A similar situation can be seen in Kashi, Saharanpur, and other districts,” the CMO quoted Adityanath in a post on X.

The urgency of the situation is underscored by ongoing efforts to rejuvenate the Kukrail river in Lucknow, where illegal settlements have already been removed and residents have been relocated to alternative areas. “At present, efforts are being made for the revival of the Kukrail river in Lucknow. Illegal settlements have been removed and their residents have been rehabilitated elsewhere. Similarly, work should be done in other districts as per local requirements,” Adityanath stated.

Adityanath instructed officials to ensure that no new settlements are established within river basins and stressed the importance of preserving existing ponds and other water bodies. “Old ponds, ponds, and other water bodies should be preserved. If there are any encroachments, they should be removed immediately,” he insisted.

In a recent move, a demolition drive targeting illegal constructions along the Kukrail river in Lucknow’s Akbarnagar I and II commenced on Monday. This drive follows a court order mandating the demolition of 1,068 illegal residential structures and 101 commercial constructions in these areas. The court’s directive underscores the legal backing for the state’s actions in reclaiming and preserving its natural water resources.

This comprehensive campaign reflects the Uttar Pradesh government’s commitment to environmental conservation and the restoration of natural water bodies, which are crucial for maintaining ecological balance and supporting local communities. By addressing the issue of illegal encroachments, the state aims to protect these vital resources from further degradation and ensure their sustainability for future generations.

The government’s proactive stance on this matter aligns with broader environmental goals and sets a precedent for other regions facing similar challenges. The successful implementation of these measures will require the cooperation and dedication of local authorities, as well as the support of the communities involved.

In conclusion, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s directives for the immediate removal of encroachments on the banks of rivers and ponds in Uttar Pradesh mark a significant step towards environmental preservation. The ongoing efforts to revive the Kukrail river in Lucknow serve as a model for similar initiatives across the state, reinforcing the importance of protecting natural water bodies from illegal encroachments and ensuring their longevity for the benefit of all.

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