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LS members unite in bid to ‘save Ganga’

Cutting across political lines,Lok Sabha members joined hands to demand immediate intervention by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to save the Ganga and make it pollution-free at the earliest

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
May 15, 2012 12:53:29 am

Cutting across political lines,Lok Sabha members on Monday joined hands to demand immediate intervention by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to save the Ganga and make it pollution-free at the earliest.

Initiating the debate,SP member Rewati Raman Singh demanded dismantling of all man-made dams on the Ganga. “I demand that the Prime Minister should intervene to save the Ganga which is not just a river but our lifeline and part of our culture,” he said. He warned that construction of dams in the Himalayas region could have devastating effects during natural calamities like earthquake or flash floods.

Endorsing his stand,BJP member Yogi Aditya Nath said unplanned development had turned the Ganga into a drain with polluted water. Despite two phases of Ganga Action Plan and Yamuna Action Plan being implemented,the level of contaminated water flowing into the two rivers had not decreased,he said. Congress MP Satpal Maharaj asserted that the pollution of the Ganga was a matter of great concern.

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav demanded nationalisation of rivers to protect them from pollution and unplanned development.

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