Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde came out strongly against the Loharinag Pala hydro project on the Ganga during the second day of 15th International Yoga Festival being organised in Rishikesh on Sunday.
He said, “The government works for the people. We have listened to your call and that is the reason the Loharinag Pala hydro project on the Ganga was scratched so that the flow of water is resumed from throughout the river’s stretch from Gaumukh to Rishikesh.”
Detailing about how a delegation of environmentalists met the minister leading to formation of a committee assessing the project’s impact on the environment and further stalling of hydro projects on Ganga, Shinde said rivers were created to help people in providing facilities but Ganga was special and revered. “Let hydro projects be made on other rivers but leave Ganga,” he said.
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde promised his full support in the noble cause of saving the Ganga and the development of the region. Shinde said Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji had seriously acted upon the matter of conservation of Ganga.
Earlier, Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat said Ganga had turned hostile to their neglect in preserving its purity and reacted harshly by bringing Kedar valley disaster.
“I will carry out padyatra (walk on foot) on all char dham in April from Rishikesh to spread awareness among people about preserving Ganga’s sanctity. We shall try our best the mid-June tragedy is not repeated in future.”