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Clean Gomti River in next seven days: Cabinet Minister Ashutosh Tandon



Lucknow: Urban Development Minister Ashutosh Tandon along with Jal Shakti Minister Mahendra Singh, district magistrate Abhishek Prakash and municipal commissioner Ajay Dwivedi took a stock of the dilapidating condition of Gomti River on Saturday.

According to Lucknow Municipal Corporation officials, the ministers and top officials, at first, visited Kudiya Ghat and witnessed algae and water lettuce around the banks and even in the middle of river. A similar situation was found at Shaheed Smarak Ghat and near Gomti Barrage.

After the inspection was completed, cabinet minister Ashutosh Tandon gave directives to LMC officials to form several squads to clean the algae and water lettuce from Gomti by using available equipments like pokland and skimmer machine. Jal Shakti minister Mahendra Singh also directed irrigation department officials to provide necessary machines to the civic body required to clean the river.

Ashutosh Tandon also gave directions to civic officials to install interlocking steel nets to plug the open drains falling directly to the river. While, all high drains will be connected to water treatment plants said the minister. He also asked the officials to ensure that the river should remain clean after the cleaning work is completed.

Municipal commissioner Ajay Dwivedi said, “The teams will be deputed to clean the Gomti River from tomorrow and we are targeting to clean the river within next seven days. “


After donating Rs 50 lakh to CM relief funds, actor Rajinikanth urges everyone to follow Covid safety guidelines



Superstar Rajinikanth on Monday met Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in Chennai to extend his support to the state’s effort to battle the second wave of coronavirus. The superstar also contributed a sum of Rs 50 lakh to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Last week, the newly-elected chief minister had appealed to the public and the private organisations to generously contribute towards relief work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

I request people to follow all the safety guidelines laid down by the government. Only then we will be able to defeat the coronavirus pandemic,” Rajinikanth told reporters after meeting with the chief minister.

And answering Stalin’s appeal, the who’s who of the Tamil film fraternity have been making significant contributions to the CM’s fund. Earlier, Ajith donated Rs 25 lakh and Suriya along with his father Sivakumar and brother Karthi gave a combined cheque of Rs 1 crore for the fund. Director AR Murugadoss ( Rs 25 lakh), actor Sivakarthikeyan (Rs 25 lakh), director Vetri Maaran (10 lakh), actor Jayam Ravi, his brother Mohan Raja and their father Mohan (made a joint donation of Rs 10 lakh), Soundarya Rajinikanth, her husband Vishagan and father-in-law SS Vanangamudi (together donated Rs 1 crore), Sun Pictures (Rs 30 crore) and many others have already contributed to the state’s relief fund.

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