In a truly historic agreement, the Ministries of Water Resources and Environment with the mediation of Pujya Swamiji agreed to construct canals on both sides of the Yamuna, which will carry sewage to treatment plants instead of allowing sewage to flow in Yamuna’s riverbed. The treated grey water will be diverted for agricultural usage. A committee has been established to oversee this construction, and the project is expected to be laid out in the next two months and completed in a fast-track manner. To read more about this truly historical first step, click here.
The Hon’ble Minister of Irrigation of Uttar Pradesh Shri Shivpal Singhji came to the Ganga Action Parivar camp in the Kumbh Mela. Upon seeing several inspiring films on the urgent need for proper sanitation and the “greening” of the Ganga Basin and detailed discussions with Pujya Swamiji, Shri Singhji pledged to construct in Uttar Pradesh bio-digester toilets along the banks of Ganga and Yamuna. To read more about this momentous event, click here.
At the end of the Kumbh, famous Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi pledged to construct the first two toilet complexes being built in partnership between DRDO, FICCI and GAP. A special puja, yagna and ceremonial bhoomi puja were performed to bless the first bricks which will be going into these structures. One toilet block will be built in Allahabad, and one in the sacred teerth area of Badrinath. To read more about this event, click here.
After a two-day conference dedicated to turning our pilgrimage areas into “green” pilgrimage areas, a meeting was held in Rishikesh under the leadership of the Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development Shri Pritam Panwar Singhji and Pujya Swamiji to plan how to develop Swargashram, Rishikesh into a pilot model of a clean and green city, setting an example for the state and the nation of a Green Pilgrimage site. This plan will include building eco-friendly bio-toilets, as well as planting trees, managing trash, providing clean drinking water, and much more.
At a historic event dedicated to Environmental Preservation for World Peace in honor of Pujya Swamij’s 60th Jayanti (birthday), which brought together a vast number of interfaith spiritual leaders, political leaders, dignitaries, industrialists and celebrities, the official MOU was signed between DRDO, FICCI and Ganga Action Parivar as part of the Clean Ganga Initiative to bring thousands of bio-toilets to the banks of Mother Ganga. To read more about this ground-breaking event, click here.
The first eco-friendly, DRDO-developed bio-digester toilet block was inaugurated at Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh in the presence of esteemed government leaders including the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand Dr. Aziz Qureshiji, scientists and sevaks. This toilet block is the first of a project to bring proper sanitation to villages and cities throughout the Ganga Basin through the cooperation and hard work of DRDO, FICCI and GAP. In the first stage alone, 5000 toilet blocks will be built hand-in-hand along the banks of Ganga in Uttarakhand. To read more about this historic event, click here!