Ganga pollution: Saints threaten ?Jal Samadhi?

Published on Nov 30, 2006 12:09 AM IST

Saints always wish for the well being of the nation. However, when the State fails to take notice of a cause in national interest the saints can go to any length for its fulfilment, says Swami Hari Chaitanya of Teekarmafi who has threatened to take Jal Samadhi along with thousands of saffron robed men in case dirt is not stopped from being poured in the holy Ganga through 27 big and small drains in the city by December 25.

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None | ByBK Singh, Allahabad

Saints always wish for the well being of the nation.

However, when the State fails to take notice of a cause in national interest the saints can go to any length for its fulfilment, says Swami Hari Chaitanya of Teekarmafi who has threatened to take Jal Samadhi along with thousands of saffron robed men in case dirt is not stopped from being poured in the holy Ganga through 27 big and small drains in the city by December 25.

Besides it, the defiling of Ganga in Kanpur should also come to an end permanently, said the saint while talking to HT Allahabad Live.

He said that the State is yet to take the High Court order of November 15 seriously which has issued directions to the authorities concerned to tap all the big and small drains numbering 27 in the city and also to ensure that highly polluted flow from the tanneries in Kanpur is stopped forthwith.

The Mori and Salori drains, which carry maximum muck and filth including sewage water of the city, discharge the foul water in Ganga making it unfit for dip. The Mori drain covers half of the city areas from Collectorate to Daraganj, Allahapur, Alopi Bagh, George Town, Tagore Town, and Sohbatiabagh while the Salori drain covers areas north of Collectorate, military camps, Allengang, Allahabad University, Pure Gadaria, Shivkuti, Govindpur etc.

All these years lakhs of pilgrims from various parts of the country have come and gone after bathing in the  waters of these drains as they were unmindful of what they were being made to do by the authorities concerned.

Many of them must have even carried the dirty water back home in the hope that they were carrying pure Ganga Jal so sacred to them but they were duped.
This is a crime on the part of the authorities concerned and they should be penalised.

They had not even cared to put up sign boards warning people not to have dip in the river looking like a dirty stream of water, he said with disgust.

Whatever work is being done to tap the drains and stop the flow of other drains in the river is just an eye wash, he said. 

Saints, he said, were keeping a close watch on the action being taken by the authorities concerned and if the High Court's directive is not complied with in totality by December 25 they will not hesitate in taking Jal Samadhi, he
warned.

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