The last few days we have been talking and thinking about Maa Ganga and Her place in the life of Indian Civilisation. The way She has fertilised the plains of India and has helped India to grow and develop.
In the last blog, we tried to understand about an emotional chord which She has struck with the people living on Her banks. Due to this bond, they call Her “Maa” (Mother). They have been mutually helpful to each other during tha last so many years.
But, today the Humans have taken over by greed. They have become selfish and self centred, especially the urban population. They think only about their own good. And this way they have polluted Her.
People, especially, the Lutyens media blames the people who cremate their relatives on Her banks or immerse the ashes of their deceased. They blame the people who throw the flowers and garlands inside Her waters. But they turn a blind eye towards industries which have come up on Her banks. I feel that these industries have polluted Her a lot. The algal bloom on Her waters has killed the ecosystem within. The phenomenon, as Science calls it, has destroyed Her beauty and purity. And the people doing this look just for profits forgetting their duty towards environment conservation.
“River Ganges flows through the most densely populated regions of India passing 29 cities with population over 100,000, 23 cities with population between 50,000 and 100,000, and about 48 towns.A sizeable proportion of the effluents in Ganges are caused by this population through domestic usage like bathing, laundry and public defecation. Countless tanneries, chemical plants, textile mills, distilleries, slaughterhouses, and hospitals contribute to the pollution of the Gangas by dumping untreated toxic and non-biodegradable waste into it. It is this sheer volume of pollutants released into the river every day that are causing irreparable damage to the ecosystem and contributing to significant significant sanitation issues.“
(Source : Wikipedia, Save Ganga Movement)
At this note, would like to point out, that the awareness about the problems of pollution has spread and people and Government have started taking steps for cleaning Maa Ganga.
(One can read many more on the Web).
Also the Government of India has risen to the call of Maa Ganga and realised their folly of not doing anything about this for such long years.
Namami Gange Programme‘, is an Integrated Conservation Mission, approved as ‘Flagship Programme‘ by the Union Government in June 2014 with budget outlay of Rs.20,000 Crore to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.
Will specifically mention 2 projects taken up under Namami Gange programme. A survey for finding the endangered Dolphin in Ganga and the Ganga Gram Project.
The River Survey
In March, 2017, the Union Government launched the first ever across-the-river survey in River Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of the endangered Gangetic doplhin. The survey will create a baseline scientific data for the government to take suitable measures to improve quality of the Ganga’s water.
GANGA GRAM PROJECT
(FOR ALL THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN KNOWING MORE, PLEASE REFER TO “NAMAMI GANGE” WEBSITE.)
The efforts of the individuals and the Government are really to be lauded, especially the individuals who have trying to bring about a change with the funds that they have.
At the end would surely like to make an appeal to the people of India and those especially living on Maa Ganga’s banks to be grateful to Her and never forget Her importance in our lives, both social and spiritual.