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Nmami Gange Project: Indian Army’s Eco Task Force to assist in cleaning Ganges

The central government’s ambitious Nmami Gange Project – which aims at cleaning the river Ganges – has gotten a major boost with the assistance of Indian Army’s Eco Task Force. The task force has been given the responsibility for cleanliness and maintenance of the river banks, starting with Gangotri and Dronagiri near Joshimath. The army will assist the local bodies in plantation of saplings, making the river banks pollution free and help prevent soil erosion.

Earlier, Indian Army’s Garhwal Rifles regiment was responsible for plantation of fruit-bearing trees in the border areas of Uttarakhand to prevent migration. The Eco Task Force will now be responsible for pollution-free river banks from Joshimath to Haridwar. Specific plants, herbs, shrubs and grass will be planted to prevent soil erosion. The task force will also help increase the green cover of the river banks. Around 200 soldiers of Garhwal Battalion will be included in this task force.

Inputs from Hindustan