New Delhi: Observing limited financial resources as a hindrance to the proposed projects on Ganga basin, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday sought the Centre to hike the funds allocated to the state for the execution of projects under National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA).

While addressing the crucial meet on NGRBA, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the newly elected CM said, “Almost 26 cities across Uttar Pradesh including Kanpur, Kanauj, Allahabad and Varanasi is situated on Ganga Basin.  The state is presently getting Rs 1341. 60 crore grant from the Centre in this regard, but if the fund allocation is maximized then NGRBA projects can be executed more swiftly.”

The Chief Minister further batted for the comprehensive River Basin Management Plan for the Ganga and said that the proposed management plan must be developed soon.

Yadav said witnessing the present environmental condition of the Ganga basin it is important to consult experts from environment, agriculture, disaster management, forestation, industry and others so that the success rate of the projects increases manifold.

The young CM further said that the comprehensive River Basin Management Plan will be a success in true sense if the Ministry of Water Management, Uttar Pradesh government and various non-governmental organizations come together for the cause.