JD(U) MLA appeals to people 'to clean Ganga'

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Patna, Jul 18 (UNI) Ruling Janata Dal United MLA from Jamui constituency Abhay Singh has appealed to the people and pilgrims to help in keeping river Ganga clean and pollution-free.

Talking to newspersons here yesterday at the month-long famous festival 'Shravani Mela', Mr Singh, who is also the president of the 'Ganga Mahasabha', expressed concern over the incessant pollution of the sacred river since the past several years.

''River Ganges has already lost its free-flowing path and changed its course due to indiscriminate pollution. Contaminated sewage and hazardous chemicals from the factories and garbage from the households are polluting the river causing danger to its flora and fauna,'' the JD(U) MLA said.

To protect the sacred river from pollution, Mr Singh urged the people to awaken their consciousness towards the river and its importance as the lifeline of entire north India.

''Without people's awareness and participation the government's efforts to save the river would be futile,'' the JD(U) MLA added.

The famous 'Shravani mela', commencing from July 19-August 16, attracts lakhs of pilgrims from various parts of the country and abroad. The devotees throng at Sultanganj to take the sacred water of river Ganges for offering it to Lord Shiva.

Mr Singh said the Ganga Mahasabha had decided to launch a mission to create mass awareness among the Kanwariyas towards the ill effects of pollution of the river and how to keep it clean during the festival.

Pollution of river Ganges is undoubtedly a scientific issue, he said, adding that the 'Ganga Mahasabha' considered the festival a good opportunity to start the 'clean Ganga' campaign.

The Ganga Mahasabha will conduct an hour-long 'Ganga Aarti' programme everyday in the evening after which several prominent leaders and experts would deliver speeches on the impact of 'Ganga Pollution' and how to fight against it during the festival.

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