More greenery and forests should be developed in the catchment areas of the Ganga river to avoid pollution, Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar has said.
Terming NDA government's commitment to keep the Ganga free from pollution, he said forests should be "set up in the catchment area" of the river.
He was speaking after releasing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) on Forestry Intervention for Gangain national capital along with Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti.
Report submitted by Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute (FRI) to government envisages active involvement of two battalions of the Eco Task Force in the states of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh for raising plantations in difficult terrains, official sources said.
Javadekar said trees prevent soil erosion, recharge water and also increase the level of groundwater.
Agreeing with Javadekar, Bharti said vegetation in large scale along the Ganga will also help growth in the aqua life.