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Expert team to visit Bihar to assess silting in Ganga: Uma Bharti

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Patna, May 31 (IANS) Union Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti on Wednesday said that a central team will visit Bihar as well as Farakka Barrage in West Bengal next week to assess the situation of silting in river Ganga.

"Team of experts will visit Bihar and Faraaka on June 5 to assess the situation of silting in river Ganga and would submit a report," she told the media in Bihar’s Katihar district.

Stressing the central government is serious about silting in river Ganga, Uma Bharti said that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar raised the issue during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi last week.

The Bihar Chief Minister requested Modi to send a team of experts to the state before June 10 to assess the situation practically by making field visits of the river’s stretch from Buxar in Bihar o Farakka.

Nitish Kumnar has repeatedly said silting in Ganga is a major issue, which is causing ill-effects on the river, and is also blamed for causing floods in Bihar.