Uttarakhand CM pitches for clean and unrestrained Ganga
Times of India – 14th February, 2013
ALLAHABAD: Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna on Wednesday said that the holy Ganga should be freed of pollution right from Himalayas to Ganga Sagar. “Although the level of pollution in Ganga is comparably less in Uttarakhand, still it is our duty to ensure unrestrained flow of the river right from its origin in Gomukh (Uttarakhand) to Ganga Sagar from where it enters the Bay of Bengal,” Bahuguna said while talking to newspersons after arriving at the Kumbh Mela area. Stating that help from all sections of society including saints, environmentalists and common man is needed to keep the Ganga clean, Bahuguna exuded confidence that the initiative would definitely bear the desired result.
Expressing sorrow at the tragedy at Allahabad railway junction, he said now it is time to make amends for any shortcomings which resulted in the incident. “This is not the time to make allegations and counter allegations,” he said.
Earlier the Uttarakhand chief minister arrived at the Bamrauli airport by a special plane alongwith his family members, former Union minister Suresh Pachauri and Congress MP,Priya Dutt. He was received at the airport by party leaders including AICC member, Shekhar Bahuguna, district Congress president, Anil Dwivedi, UPCC spokesperson, Jawed Urfi, Nishant Tripathi, Vijay Bahadur Singh, Kishore Varshney, Ram Yagya Dwivedi and others.
He went to the Arail ghat where he alongwith his family members took a holy dip at Sangam. From here he went to the camp of Ganga action Pariwar at Parmarth Niketan where he was received by Swami Chidanand Muni who apprised him about the activities being undertaken by the ashram at Kumbh Mela.
Later on he also took part in a programme of Ganga at Ganga Action Pariwar.He also visited the camp of Swami Barhamaswaroop Bramhachari of Jairam Ashram, Haridwar where he addressed a seminar on female foeticide and cow slaughter.
CM also felicitated Dandi swamis for their contribution and service to the society.
Bahuguna also went to the camp of Shankaracharya of Dwarika, Swami Swaroopanand where he was also met by a group of slogan shouting save Ganga activists who demanded stopping of construction of dams on Ganga in Uttarakhand. The CM also visited the pilgrims injured in stampede at Allahabad railway station and took stock of their progress. He also interacted with the doctors and sought information on the health status of injured.