Jalandhar: A national level conference on ensuring the flow of sacred river Ganga was conducted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, where deliberations were held by speakers from Nepal and Bangladesh. The three-day conference was held in Patna in Bihar.
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar discussed environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal’s cost effective and natural ‘Seechewal Model’ as a source of cleaning river ganga and expressed concerns over constructing dams on it. Nitish Kumar urged the gathering to start a ‘Satyagrah’ to keep Ganga river flowing.
The Bihar CM said that such decisions of constructing dams were a threat to the flow of river ganga, which was must to ensure its cleanliness and water levels in the country. “Ganga’s water pollution should be controlled and we suggest the implementation of Seechewal Model for cleaning the river,” Nitish Kumar said.
Seechewal said that polluted rivers of Asia could be cleaned through the simple and environment friendly ‘Seechewal Model’, which would not only help in irrigation but also repleting the ground water table.
Magsasay Award winner Rajinder Singh also said that the way Ganga river’s flow was being obstructed, a national level debate should be triggered on this issue. Rajinder Singh who was famous as ‘Jal Purush’ said that Baba Seechewal has led an example of sorts in cleaning in the holy Kali Bein in the historic town of Sultanpur Lodhi through public participation. “Similarly, the rivers of India should be cleaned through Seechewal model by Seechewal through community participation,” he added.
Meanwhile, Seechewal said that the Ganga river could be saved through public participation and people should be mobilised for such a national campaign. Earlier, Bihar CM also conducted an aerial survey of river Ganga with the eminent guests.
Among those present on this occasion were Chandi Prashad Bhatt, Bharat Jhunjhunwala, Dr Murlidhar Singh, Dr R Sinha, Dr Dinesh Thakur, Dr Sunil Kumar Chaudhary, Dr Rakesh Tewari and other environmentalists.
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