Work out plan for revival of streams, Doon civic body tells agencies
Days after Doon girl Gayatri’s message to save Rispana was featured in PM Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat, the civic body has asked local agencies to work out a comprehensive plan for the rejuvenation of the dying streams of the Uttarakhand capitaldehradun Updated: Apr 01, 2017 19:58 IST
Days after Doon girl Gayatri’s message to save Rispana was featured in PM Narendra Modi’s Mann Ki Baat, the civic body has asked local agencies to work out a comprehensive plan for the rejuvenation of the dying streams of the state capital.
On March 26, Modi’s monthly radio programme featured an audio clip by Gayatri wherein she highlighted the plight of local streams, which are not only heavily polluted but also treated as garbage dumping grounds by locals.
Calling for interdepartmental synchronisation, the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) has also asked officials to look into a 2014 report of the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Roorkee, on revival of streams.
“I have asked all the departments/government agencies concerned (irrigation, public works department, Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority among others) to work together under our (DMC’s) supervision for the revival of Rispana and Bindal,” city mayor and Dharampur MLA Vinod Chamoli told HT. “I have also asked officials to look into the NIH report and take action on its findings,” the BJP leader added.
Meanwhile, Making a Difference-By Being the Difference (MAD), a youth activist group which had managed to get the NIH field study initiated for saving the streams, called for urgent action on the report.
“Real change can happen not through random, unplanned cleaning adventures but only by formulating a strategic path for the streams’ revival,” said Abhijay Negi, founding president of MAD, which has been making efforts to save the dying streams ever since its inception in 2011 through public awareness campaigns and policy-level engagement.
On MAD’s request, former CM Harish Rawat (who was then the Union minister for water resources) had directed NIH to undertake a study on the possibility of reviving the dying streams of Doon, which join the Ganga.
The NIH in its preliminary study report had cited Rispana as a “perennial stream” which loses its waters in the lower catchment areas, thanks to widespread encroachments on its riverbed. It had also sought a budget of around ₹1 crore for holding an advanced study for the rejuvenation of the twin streams. The previous government, led by Harish Rawat, failed to earmark the budget for the study.