Save the Ganga
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.
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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.
C V KRISHNA MANOJ
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