UP government plans to boost religious tourism with 1,000 new Ganga aarti sites
The aim of the Uttar Pradesh government is to turn Uttar Pradesh into a major religious tourism destination. For this, the state government is going to build 1,038 new Ganga aarti platforms along the river in Bijnor and Ballia districts.
People are most attracted to the Ganga Aarti and it is one of the most mesmerizing attractions for people coming to UP for religious purposes.
On Saturday, an official spokesman said, “the government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is going to build 1,038 new aarti platforms from Bijnor to Ballia districts, turning them into major spots of religious tourism”.
“The Chief Minister has decided to take Ganga aarti to a whole new level in the state”, the spokesman said.
The new aarti sites will be constructed in the villages falling in a radius of 5 kilometers of the Ganga river from Bijnor to Ballia. This plan is being executed with the tourism department.
“The Ganga aarti will take place on the basis of public participation and will be performed at a fixed time every day”, he said.
Earlier there were instructions that the ancient and historical places and temples in these villages should be turned into religious spots. These instructions were given in a meeting of the Union Jal Shakti Ministry.
“Starting with Bijnor, this series of aarti will continue till the last village of UP, situated on the banks of the river Ganga in Ballia”, he said.
“For the cleanliness of the Ganga and the Ganga Swachchta Abhiyan, the government is going to start sewage treatment plants in 14 districts soon for the purpose”, the spokesman added.
The Ganga River had shown signs of improvement on many parameters, following the eight-week nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.
Since industrial units and commercial establishments were closed, water was not being lifted by them with a negligible discharge of industrial wastewater.
It was observed that during the lockdown period most of the districts falling under the Ganga basin observed 60% excess rainfall than the normal, which led to increased discharge in the river, further contributing to the dilution of pollutants.