Save the Ganga

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

I am in agree­ment with the au­thor of “Ganga bazaar” (16-31 May, 2015) when she says at the end of her story that the Ganga needs wa­ter. A river's life is in its nat­u­ral flow. The main is­sues to pon­der over in case of all rivers in­clud­ing the Ganga are: Where are the wa­ters com­ing from? How safe are the sources from damming or ob­struc­tion or eco­log­i­cal de­struc­tion? What do they gather? What is dumped into them on the way to the sea? Un­less these ques­tions are an­swered in depth, we will never know the truth. And the money will come and go.



The ar­ti­cle is another timely re­minder of the sta­tus of the “Save Ganga” mis­sion. If heaven and earth can be moved to build Delhi metro that merely caters to ur­ban Del­hites, then I think the Ut­tar Pradesh gov­ern­ment can cer­tainly muster the will, au­thor­ity and cre­ativ­ity to re­ha­bil­i­tate the openly pol­lut­ing textile and leather in­dus­tries along the Ganga in a win-win man­ner. Ev­ery aam aadmi knows what needs to be done to save the Ganga— ruth­less oblit­er­a­tion of plas­tic and alu­minium pack­ag­ing ma­te­ri­als from the ghats and the re­gions along it and re­plac­ing them with cloth bags, sub­sti­tut­ing plas­tic tum­blers in restau­rants, eater­ies with areca leaf tum­blers, build­ing of bio-toi­lets. Short of tak­ing these ba­sic mea­sures, no amount of in­tel­lec­tual

ex­er­cises like sem­i­nars, invit­ing this scholar and that sci­en­tist, rop­ing in ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tion providers is go­ing to help and will prove to be use­less. It is as sim­ple as that. It is high time we de­cided whether we want our Mother River God­dess alive or raped in the name of pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to a few un­scrupu­lous pol­luters.



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