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Uttarakhand Save River Programme 2008 - उत्तराखंड नदी बचाओ वर्ष 2008 अभियान

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पंकज सिंह महर:
इस अभियान में हमारे जनकवि गिर्दा भी सम्मिलित हैं और अपनी मर्मस्पर्शी कविताओं से लोगों को नदी के महत्व की जानकारी दे रहे हैं

आज हिमाल तुमन के धत्यूंछौ, जागौ-जागौ हो म्यरा लाल,
नी करण दियौ हमरी निलामी, नी करण दियौ हमरो हलाल।
ढुंग बेच्यो-माट बेच्यो, बेचि खै बज्याणी, लिस खोपि-खोपि मेरी उधेड़ी दी खाल,
न्यौलि, चांचरी, झवाड़, छपेली बेच्या मेरा, बेचि दी अरणो घाणी, ठण्डो पाणि, ठण्डी बयाल।

एक कविता वे इस बारे में कहते हैं, सही से याद नही है फिर भी
अभी तो बेच लो तुम पानी, नदियां सूखा दो,
जब पानी नही होगा जग में, तब क्या करेगा व्यापारी?

पंकज सिंह महर:

Seminar on Save the Rivers Campaign begins in Ramnagar

People demand rights over Jal-Jungle-Zameen

Ramnagar, 16 Jan: A two day seminar on ‘Save the Rivers’ campaign began here today. Yatris of all the river yatras have arrived here.

The seminar began with a welcome speech by Ganesh Rawat and the theme was taken up by Professor Shekhar Pathak.

The two day seminar has been held to compile the experiences of the ‘Save the Rivers’ campaign. The campaign began on 1 January and proceeded along 14 rivers - the Bhagirathi, Yamuna, Kosi, Alaknanda, Saryu, Gomti, Mandakini, Bhilangna, Jalkur, Panar, Gagas, Binsar-gaad, Gaula, and Ramganga.

On the occasion, many yatris voiced their experiences and worries about the condition of the rivers. They also had brought water from the river they had traveled along.

Gandhian Radha Bahen said in her address to the seminar, “The condition of the rivers is very critical. We have lost 70% of the Naule and Gadhere in Uttarakhand. The people are suffering from the repercussions of mega hydro projects. Government should change the concept of development.”

पंकज सिंह महर:
New year to kick off with Save River Campaign
Uttarakhand Nadi Bachao Abhiyan (Uttarakhand Save Rivers Campaign) will begin in the State from January 1. The campaign is a joint effort of various social organisations working in Uttarakhand.

Announcing the launch of the campaign in Dehradun here on Tuesday, convener of the campaign Shamsher Singh Bisht said that major rivers such as Ganga and Yamuna had their origins in Uttarakhand and thus such a campaign had greater relevance for the State.

He revealed that rallies would be organised at areas lying along the banks of all the 10 rivers of Uttarakhand.

He alleged that the practice of wrong policies on the part of the Governments was leading to constructions of dams on the major rivers of the State.

He said that such dams were only posing restrictions to the flow of river Ganga and also posing a threat to the settlements along its course. Bisht said that the commercialisation of river water was not in the interests of the nation.

"The growing pollution in rivers of Uttarakhand is a big concern for the environmentalists and the people", Bisht said.

He said that the year 2008 had been declared as a Save River Year under the Uttarakhand Save Rivers Campaign.

Bisht said the campaign would also focus on the prevention of pollution in the rivers.

SOURCE : The Pioneer, Wednesday, 19 December 2007 

Jai hooo....thnx for very informative news. I did talk to Prof. Shekhar Pathak Ji and Girda regarding that.
We must come up with a nice news to spread around the groups.

एम.एस. मेहता /M S Mehta 9910532720:

NEW DELHI: Global warming, climate change and environmental degradation are terms experts discuss on international fora. Women in Almora district of Uttarakhand may not be able to give the meaning of these words, but can tell you what they have done to preserve the environment, increase the water table and prevent deforestation.

Magistrate order

It was in 2003 that the District Magistrate declared that water from the Kosi river could not be used for irrigation, as it had to be pumped to provide drinking water to the city. The police were deployed along the river to implement the order.

At the same time, a Kumaon University survey said the flow of water in the Kosi fell from 985 litres per second to 85 litres between 1992 and 2003. If nothing was done, the river would dry up in 10 years. The non-glacial rivers in Uttarakhand also indicated a reduced flow, thanks to environmental degradation — cutting of forests and drying up of waterbodies due to increased withdrawals — and construction of hydro power projects.

This raised an among the people living along the Kosi, and the Laxmi Ashram, working in the area for 60 years for the education of girls, took up the challenge. In a bid to restore environment, its activist Basanti Behn worked with women at Luisal, Channi Bijoria, Kaphari and other villages in the Borara Valley, organising them into mahila sangathans.

In the next five years, the trees started regenerating naturally, denuded forests became green again and the water levels went up. Soon, 60 villages joined the movement to manage the forest on their own.

To give a further boost to the movement, activists of the Laxmi Ashram took out a week-long padayatra in May 2007 from the Pinnath forest, source of the Kosi, covering Someshwar, Mansa Nala and the Lodh Valley, says Radha Behn, chairperson of the Gandhi Peace Foundation, who has been and associated with the Ashram for 57 years now.

The Ashram then decided to involve other organisations to save not only the Kosi but also all other rivers in Uttarakhand, receiving spontaneous response from civil society groups and institutional organisations.

The Ashram organised simultaneous padayatras along the 14 rivers between January 1 and 15 and decided to observe an annual ‘River Day’ when people will work for conservation of rivers, clean them and plant saplings along the banks. The year 2008 was declared the “Save the Rivers Year.” Ms. Radha Behn, who initiated the programme, was elected its coordinator.

The campaigners have decided to meet the Chief Minister to work together on the initiative.



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