'Officials misleading people on Tehri issue'
THE ISSUE of obstruction in the flow of Ganga water at Tehri dam in Uttaranchal has not died down in Varanasi.The Ganga Mahasabha and Ganga Raksha Vahini have once again reiterated their demand for unobstructed flow of the Ganga water.india Updated: Jan 09, 2006 00:45 IST
THE ISSUE of obstruction in the flow of Ganga water at Tehri dam in Uttaranchal has not died down in Varanasi.
The Ganga Mahasabha and Ganga Raksha Vahini have once again reiterated their demand for unobstructed flow of the Ganga water.
Talking to mediapersons here on Sunday, Ganga Mahasabha national general secretary Acharya Jitendra and Ganga Raksha Vahini national chief Vagish Dutt Mishra alleged that the authorities were misleading people in the name of releasing Ganga water from Tehri dam.
"The claim of Tehri dam authorities is completely wrong and it is an attempt to generate confusion among the common people," they said.
"There is threat of an earthquake because there is a meeting point of north and south plate near Tehri," they said, adding that several renowned scientists of the country had already apprised the Uttaranchal and Union Governments about this threat.
They also cited a defence report stating that Tehri was under the range of Chinese missiles, as the Chinese border was just 80-kilometre away from Tehri. "Still, the Union Government allowed the authorities to construct a big dam in Tehri," they said.
The duo further said the Union Government had ignored a pact signed between the Britishers and Pt Madan Mohan Malviya in 1916 to restrict any further construction on the Ganga.
They said a public interest litigation petition was filed in the Supreme Court for unobstructed flow of Ganga water, adding that the SC had fixed January 12 as the date of hearing of the PIL.
"The Ganga Mahasabha will conduct a Shiv Shakti Mahayagya at Mangala Gauri temple in Varanasi on January 12 in support of its demand," they said, adding that the yagya would be conducted under the supervision of Pt Narayan Mishra.
The duo added that Ganga Mahasabha had covered several districts, including Varanasi, Vindhyachal, Mirzapur, Allahabad, Kanpur, Haridwar, Patna, Munger, Begusarai, Bhagalpur etc., to make people aware of the condition of the Ganga.
"As part of its awareness programme, the Ganga Mahasabha will initiate a 'Ganga Sanskriti Yatra', which will start from Ganga Sagar on the day of Gaga saptami and conclude at Gangotri on the day of Ganga Dussehra," they said.
Prominent personalities, including Sant Morari Bapu and Sant Ramesh Bhai Ojha, would address the people in Varanasi, they added.
First Published: Jan 09, 2006 00:45 IST