This yatra was flagged off by CM Yogi Adityanath on 9th Aug, 2017.
The Chief Minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken up cudgels to clean these rivers.
The Modi government has sanctioned INR 20,000 crore to keep Ganga clean from Gangotri to Ganga Sagar and even set up a new ministry to monitor the project.
As this is not a Central Government project only, the state government too has chipped in with its efforts to keep Ganga and Yamuna clean.
The UP government has gone for a major plantation drive on the 150 kms banks of Ganga on July 5 in which over 1.30 lakh trees were planted.
Over 1600 villages spread in 25 districts have been declared ‘Open Defecation Free’.
Besides, efforts have begun to make Ganga clean during the coming ‘Ardh Kumbh Mela’ at Allahabad in 2019
The Yatra will pass through 108 blocks of 25 districts of UP from Bijnore to Ballia along Ganga covering around 1,025 kilometers and make people aware about cleanliness of the river. The yatra will end in Lucknow on September 6.