"We are committed to conserving ecology. By developing waterways, we can save the environment and minimise pollution ... Ganga is a subject close to people's hearts. We have started huge work on the Ganga. We are making 20 water recycling plants along the river," Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Gadkari said.
    
Addressing the World Cultural Festival, organised by the Art of Living Foundation here, the minister said the government has decided to use this water from recycling plants at 13 railway stations and refinery in Mathura, besides 13 power projects.
    
"Recycling of water will be done and used for industry... The environment issues are very important and I feel we are very much progressive and development oriented. Eradication of poverty is our mission through creation of huge jobs," Gadkari said.

Parliament's nod to convert 111 rivers across the country into waterways is a 'revolutionary step' and paves the way for utilisation of 35,000 km of waterways in the country for sustainable development.
    
Gadkari felt that harnessing waterways will minimise pollution while reducing high logistical charges, adding that apart from waterways, the government is focusing on converting 'waste into wealth' and has given nod to 8 per cent plastic usage in tar for building roads.

 

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