Pat, Feb 25: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday stressed on the need for a tiol debate for a clean and pollution-free Ganga river. “If we want to save river Ganga, there should be a strong people’s campaign for it,” Nitish said in his iugural address at the two-day intertiol conference on “Incessant Ganga” here. “I have been raising this issue since long. There is no persol or political interest involved,” the Chief Minister said. “I have a close relation with river Ganga. I was born at Bakhtiyarpur, situated near Ganga. I used to take bath in Ganga in my childhood and drink its clean water. Now I am worried over the worsening condition. Sometimes, I also cry to do something to save this river, which we call as ‘Ganga Ji’,” Nitish said.
Nitish pointed towards the growing silt deposit issue in river Ganga due to Farakka Barrage causing floods in Bihar annually, that has become a big challenge for the state. (IANS)