||Ganga - A disappearing
Ganga is being tunnelled.
What the Government intends
Today the government is
in the process of building a cascade of dams along the Ganga, commencing
near her source in the pristine Himalayas at Gangotri. These projects will
join the Tehri dam, and other dams right up to Haridwar.
What does it entail?
These projects entail sheer
destruction of the Himalayas through blasting, drilling and pulling down
mountain slopes in the process of building tunnels and powerhouses. It
involves cutting forests, trees, dirtying a pristine and untouched portion
of our mountains and scarring an entire valley permanently. Finally since
the projects are consecutive it entails pushing an entire river underground
through dark, sunless tunnels without a break.
The latest projects, that
need to be stopped immediately are?
Bhairon Ghati I – under
consideration (just 9km from Gangotri)
Bhairon Ghati II – under
consideration (directly following the above)
Loharinag –Pala – construction
Pala – Maneri – about to
start (directly after the above)
The Unique River?
The Ganga is famous for
her self purifying properties. Traditionally it is a known fact that Ganga
water can be stored for any length of time without decay, while other waters
would decay if similarly stored. Scientific studies corroborate this fact.
Perhaps she is the only river of her kind in the world.
Is the unique Ganga water
still Ganga water?
NO. These projects admit
that water temperature will rise, flow rate decrease, flora and fauna will
be destroyed. The water itself does not flow through natural Himalayan
rock, but through cemented tunnels. Already there is evidence of the companies
dumping pure cement into the river,dumping muck and other wastes into the
water. Hence the qualities of Ganga water stand to be destroyed right at
the source – thereby in effect destroying the entire length of the river.
An agreement almost 100
years old being ignored?
Almost a century back when
the British were planning to check the flow of the Ganga at Haridwar, Madan
Mohan Malviya and some kings, the 4 Shankaracharyas and the public united
in protest. The British relented. Chief Sec. of the United Provinces, I.C.S.,
R.Burns passed order no 1002 on 20-4-1917 to ‘maintain a free flow of the
Ganga.’ The spiritual traditions that even an alien govt. respected, today
our ‘own’ leaders threaten to violate
Call of the Ganga- ‘The
‘A free flowing Ganga is
an essential part of my country, our culture and our heritage. I strongly
protest the tunneling and destruction of this flow for the production of
hydro-power or any other reason.
We have inherited a clean
environment, rich flowing rivers and an incredible culture from our forefathers.
Conscience demands that we leave it intact for the coming generations of
Mere consumption cannot
be the final goal of our ‘development’ process. Hence as a citizen of this
country I demand that the Ganga be left free and untampered in her course
from Gangotri to the plains
This is the picture of Ganga
before & after the Maneri Dam. The Ganga which was a divine sight before
(figure1) was brought down
to a small patch of water after the Maneri Dam & now they eye the beautiful
river right at its source.
Can you imagine an earth
Can you imagine a world
Can you imagine a life without
Can you imagine an India
Can you imagine a prayer
without holy water?
We cannot dare to imagine
the above but we are now going to live a life where we ruthlessly allow
people to rule over our sentiments, to destroy our identity & playing
with our national pride.
STAND UP FOR OUR BELIEFS
STAND UP FOR OUR PRIDE
STAND UP BECAUSE THE TORCH
IS IN OUR HANDS.
JOIN US FOR A PROTEST ON
4TH FEBRUARY AT 4 PM
AT JANTAR MANTAR, NEW DELHI
Cntct: Hemant Dhyani - 9711216415
Harpal jee - 9891889394