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Agra: Security has been stepped up in Uttar Pradesh where the first “UP Pravasi Divas” will be hosted by CM Akhilesh Yadav which is aimed at attracting investment from the NRI community with its roots in the state.

Especially after the Pathankot terror attack, more than 50 Anti-Terrorism Squad commandoes have been deployed to guard the chief minister and other VIP dignitaries, police officials overseeing the security arrangements told reporters.

Over 1100, NRI’s have enrolled for this mega event where heads of various companies are expected to also take part.

The business and investment potential of the state will be showcased through an exhibition, presentations by various officials and a speech by the chief minister. Akhilesh will inaugurate the event.

Awards would also be given to eminent NRI’s for their contributions in various fields. The cultural program will be witnessing a musical performance by the famous Pakistani singer Rahat Ali Khan in ITC Mughal. The UP government was preparing for the event for past few weeks. The success of the event will help to present a better image of the state and bring more tourism. Uttar Pradesh has the largest NRI population in the country.(IANS)

The UP government was preparing for the event for past few weeks. The success of the event will help to present a better image of the state and bring more tourism. Uttar Pradesh has the largest NRI population in the country.(IANS)

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Ganga Jal project in Agra postponed till August

Agra's 20 lakh odd residents are supplied water from two water works. Against the demand for 500 MLD, the supply is hardly 300 MLD. The gap is likely to be met by the new Ganga Jal pipeline which will bring Ganges water to Agra.

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A formal inauguration of the ambitious Rs 3,000 crore Ganga Jal project, to ease water supply situation in the Taj city, has again been postponed – to August.

The 130-km-long pipeline from Bulandshahar’s Palra Jhaal canal of the Ganges was to have been commissioned in November last year.

But it was postponed after the refusal of the UP-Forest Department to chop some trees.

"Agra gets only a trickle. Since there is no storage facility in Agra, the monsoon water goes waste," river activist Harendra Gupta said.
River Ganga. Pixabay

Members of the Central Empowered Committee instituted by the Supreme Court visited the site in March and sought to know how the lost green cover would be compensated. A vacant stretch in Firozabad district has now been identified where plantation work would start next month.

Agra’s 20 lakh odd residents are supplied water from two water works. Against the demand for 500 MLD, the supply is hardly 300 MLD. The gap is likely to be met by the new Ganga Jal pipeline which will bring Ganges water to Agra.

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According to Jal Nigam officials presently submersible pumps, tube wells and hand pumps are meeting the additional demand for water.

Since the Yamuna water is stored in upstream barrages from Hathini Kund, Wazirabad, Okhla to Gokul, what flows in the Yamuna in the name of water is plain industrial effluents and domestic waste plus sewer.

“Agra gets only a trickle. Since there is no storage facility in Agra, the monsoon water goes waste,” river activist Harendra Gupta said. (IANS)

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