Most de­mands of Ganga ac­tivist GD Agar­wal had been ac­cepted: Cen­tre

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NEW DELHI: The gov­ern­ment has said that al­most all the de­mands made by Ganga ac­tivist G D Agar­wal, who was on an in­def­i­nite hunger strike and died Thurs­day, had been ac­cepted.

On Wed­nes­day, Wa­ter Re­sources and Ganga River Re­ju­ve­na­tion Min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari had said, “We have ac­cepted al­most all his de­mands (on clean­ing of the Ganga). One de­mand was to to en­sure en­vi­ron­men­tal flow and we have come out with a no­ti­fi­ca­tion.”

The gov­ern­ment on Tues­day had come out with the e-flow gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The no­ti­fi­ca­tion states the min­i­mum en­vi­ron­men­tal flows for Ganga river that is to be main­tained at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions

on the wa­ter body. The sec­ond de­mand, Gad­kari said, was to bring a leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect Ganga. He said the leg­is­la­tion has been sent to Cabi­net for ap­proval, fol­low­ing which it will be tabled in Par­lia­ment.

“He had some de­mands re­lated to (up­com­ing) hy­dropower projects (on river Ganga). We are try­ing to bring all stake­hold­ers to­gether and sort the is­sue at the ear­li­est. I had also writ­ten a let­ter to him stat­ing that we have ac­cepted nearly 70-80 per cent and that we need him and he should stop his fast,” the min­is­ter had said.

Agar­wal died at the AIIMS hospi­tal in Rishikesh on Thurs­day.

Re­act­ing to Agar­wal’s death, AAP leader and party’s Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber San­jay Singh said the ac­tivist was on an in­def­i­nite hunger strike for more than 100 days and the “in­sen­si­tive gov­ern­ment” was “wait­ing for him to die”.

“I had re­quested the gov­ern­ment to save it, but those seek­ing vote on his name could not save him (sic),” Singh tweeted.

Se­nior Congress leader and former en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Jairam Ramesh ex­pressed an­guish over his “mar­tyr­dom”.

“He was an in­de­fati­ga­ble cru­sader not only for Nir­mal Ganga but also for Avi­ral Ganga. It was my priv­i­lege and good for­tune to be able to im­ple­ment some of his im­por­tant sug­ges­tions to en­sure un­in­ter­rupted flow in the Ganga and its trib­u­taries in Ut­tarak­hand. I salute his com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion, his schol­ar­ship and learn­ing, his faith and pas­sion,” Ramesh said.

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