Humans and other animals need
access to a supply of fresh and clean
drinking water for their survival.
Save Ganga Movement is a widespread Gandhi
an non-violent movement supported by saints
and popular social activists across the Indian
States Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in support of a
free Ganga. The movement is supported by
Ganga Seva Abhiyanam, Pune-based National
Women's Organization (NWO) besides those of
many other like-minded organizations and with
the moral support from many religious leaders,
spiritual and political, scientists,
environmentalists, writers and social activists.
The movement did not build up sudden. Concerns
about the condition of Ganges were raised for
Time ago which gained impetus is past few years
owing to awareness and support from keen
Ganges is the largest and the most sacred
river of India with enormous spiritual,
cultural, and physical influence. It provides
water to about 40% of India's population
in 11 states. It is estimated that the
livelihoods of over 500 million people in
India are dependant upon the river, and
that one-third of India's population lives
within the Ganges Basin. Despite this
magnitude of influence and control by the
river over present and future of the
country, it is allegedly under direct threat
from various man made and natural
Save Ganga Rally at Delhi (12th Nov, 2000)
To achieve this objective a fervent appeal was
made to the Hon'ble Rashtrapati K. R.
Narayanan for his guidance and active
Support in this cause. A national campaign
was launched with a mass rally in Delhi on 12th
Nov. 2000, with blessings from the then Hon'ble
Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and
many eminent spiritual leaders including His
Holiness Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of
Kanchikotipuram, Rev. J.P. Vaswani of Sadhu
Vaswani Mission, Pune. Several Gandhians,
intellectuals and social activists, participated
in the rally.
The National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) must
take the full responsibility of the protection of our national
river. Since the Ganga flows through many states, it would
be the best if NGRBA takes the full responsibility of making
and keeping the Ganga and its tributaries completely and
permanently free from pollution through time-bound steps,
leaving no scope for the central and state government
authorities blaming each other for the failures.
a) Like the planning commission, there should be a Deputy- DIRT IN GANGA..
chairman for NGRBA, whose sole and whole responsibility
would be towards NGRBA.
b) The Expert Members of NGRBA must be given important
role to play both at the context of decision making as well
as at the context of implementation. At present they are
almost totally neglected at both the contexts.
The declaration of the Ganga as National River must be
done by parliamentary legislation under Entry 56 of the
Union List in the Constitution and not by a government
notification under the Environmental protection Act.
Energy and water use are closely intertwined.
Most power plants generate power by boiling
water to produce steam that spins electricitygenerating turbines. Large quantities of water
are often used to cool that steam . Fuel
production—coal mining, natural gas extraction,
and growing crops for bio fuels—also requires
extensive water supplies, as does refining fuels
for transportation. In places where energy
production requires a large share of available
water, or where water resources are scarce or
stressed by competing pressures,
the energy-water connection can turn into a
collision—with dangerous implications for both.
Producing energy from fossil fuels, nuclear power, and some renewable energy sources often
involves substantial amounts of water. Depending on what technology it uses, a typical 500megawatt coal-fired or nuclear power plant, for example, might withdraw about 400 million
gallons of water a day from local lakes, rivers, or aquifers, and lose several million gallons of
that water to evaporation.