A Dying River


This is an appeal for a River, which for many human reasons, is dying.
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Latest News Ganga – Ganges River

Can you imagine an earth without water?
Can you imagine a world without birds?
Can you imagine a life without love?
Can you imagine an India without Himalayas?
Can you imagine a prayer without holy water?
We cannot dare to imagine the above but we are now going to live a life where we ruthlessly allow people to rule over our sentiments, to destroy our identity & playing with our national pride.

Ganga – A disappearing River
Ganga is being tunnelled.
What the Government intends to do?
Today the government is in the process of building a cascade of dams along the Ganga, commencing near her source in the pristine Himalayas at Gangotri. These projects will join the Tehri dam, and other dams right up to Haridwar.
What does it entail?
These projects entail sheer destruction of the Himalayas through blasting, drilling and pulling down mountain slopes in the process of building tunnels and powerhouses. It involves cutting forests, trees, dirtying a pristine and untouched portion of our mountains and scarring an entire valley permanently. Finally since the projects are consecutive it entails pushing an entire river underground through dark, sunless tunnels without a break.
The latest projects, that need to be stopped immediately are?
Bhairon Ghati I – under consideration (just 9km from Gangotri)
Bhairon Ghati II – under consideration (directly following the above)
Loharinag –Pala – construction started
Pala – Maneri – about to start (directly after the above)
The Unique River?
The Ganga is famous for her self purifying properties. Traditionally it is a known fact that Ganga water can be stored for any length of time without decay, while other waters would decay if similarly stored. Scientific studies corroborate this fact. Perhaps she is the only river of her kind in the world.
Is the unique Ganga water still Ganga water?
NO. These projects admit that water temperature will rise, flow rate decrease, flora and fauna will be destroyed. The water itself does not flow through natural Himalayan rock, but through cemented tunnels. Already there is evidence of the companies dumping pure cement into the river,dumping muck and other wastes into the water. Hence the qualities of Ganga water stand to be destroyed right at the source – thereby in effect destroying the entire length of the river.
An agreement almost 100 years old being ignored?
Almost a century back when the British were planning to check the flow of the Ganga at Haridwar, Madan Mohan Malviya and some kings, the 4 Shankaracharyas and the public united in protest. The British relented. Chief Sec. of the United Provinces, I.C.S., R.Burns passed order no 1002 on 20-4-1917 to ‘maintain a free flow of the Ganga.’ The spiritual traditions that even an alien govt. respected, today our ‘own’ leaders threaten to violate
Call of the Ganga- ‘The ahvaan’-
‘A free flowing Ganga is an essential part of my country, our culture and our heritage. I strongly protest the tunneling and destruction of this flow for the production of hydro-power or any other reason.
We have inherited a clean environment, rich flowing rivers and an incredible culture from our forefathers. Conscience demands that we leave it intact for the coming generations of our country.
Mere consumption cannot be the final goal of our ‘development’ process. Hence as a citizen of this country I demand that the Ganga be left free and untampered in her course from Gangotri to the plains

Ganga threatened by increasing pollution
2009-07-31
Revered by hundreds and thousands, the Ganga River is fighting for survival seriously threatened by alarming rise of various pollutants.
Increasing sewage from the drains, polythene bags and other garbage choke the river. The pollution levels have risen largely in Ganga over the past few years inspite of a government body.
“More and more devotees throng the Ganga, but there are no arrangements for anything. Though there are provisions for devotees, but the administration and the Ganga Pollution Board formed during the tenure of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has been doing nothing to check the pollution level in Ganga. We have been living in Haridwar since childhood, but we haven’t seen any initiative to clean Ganga,” said Kailash, a resident in Haridwar.
Apart from this, big drains opening into Ganga also add to the pollution levels in the sacred river.
“All through the course of the river, so many drains mix into Ganga water. It is polluting water badly. The people are losing faith in the administration. The water has become unfit for drinking. The government should take strict steps to control the pollution level in Ganga,” said Dev Dutt, another resident.
While the rising pollution levels have alarmed the environmentalists, the government body that has been constituted to check the pollution in Ganga maintains that they are doing their best to save the river.
“There are 19 big drains in Haridwar, of which 15 have been tapped. Work is being conducted on other drains as well. We hope to complete the work on them by next Kumbh (an annual fair)” said RC Gupta, General Manager, Ganga Pollution Board.


This is the picture of Ganga before & after the Maneri Dam. The Ganga which was a divine sight before
(figure1) was brought down to a small patch of water after the Maneri Dam & now they eye the beautiful river right at its source.
“Can you imagine an earth without water?
Can you imagine a world without birds?
Can you imagine a life without love?
Can you imagine an India without Himalayas?
Can you imagine a prayer without holy water?
We cannot dare to imagine the above but we are now going to live a life where we ruthlessly allow people to rule over our sentiments, to destroy our identity & playing with our national pride.
STAND UP FOR OUR BELIEFS
STAND UP FOR OUR PRIDE
STAND UP BECAUSE THE TORCH IS IN OUR HANDS. “
http://www.gangaavhaan.org
Cntct: Hemant Dhyani – 9711216415 Harpal jee – 9891889394

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