Noida: Jewar MLA organises 5km walk for cleaner Hindon
The MLA will also be planting trees alongside the river, that was declared dead by the Central Pollution Control Board in 2015.noida Updated: Sep 16, 2017 21:30 IST
Hoping that small steps to clean Hindon river by citizens directly dependent on its waters would help stir a cleanliness revolution, the Jewar MLA Dhirendra Singh has organized a 5km, awareness walk along the river on Sunday.
The walk will start at 9am from Tilwada and end at Momnathan. The MLA will also be planting trees alongside the river, that was declared dead by the Central Pollution Control Board in 2015.
Singh met members of RWAs, professors from Gautam Budh University, Active Citizen’s Group, NGOs, representatives of industries, among others, on Saturday for their support in cleaning the river that once was the lifeline of 400 villages in Western UP.
The MLA hopes to educate and mobilise villagers, who use the river’s banks for morning ablutions, into adopting better hygiene practices. Through the walk, he also hopes to initiate a conversation with villagers about not encroaching on the river’s banks.
“We need the support of various social groups and villagers to make this effort of cleaning Hindon River successful,” said Singh, who is also trying to involve college youngsters in the drive.
Also known as Harnandi, the rain-fed Hindon originates in the lower Himalayas of neighbouring Uttarakhand. Joined by its two tributaries—Kali and Krishni—it flows through seven western UP districts before confluence with the Yamuna in Gautam Buddha Nagar.
Such is the level of pollution that even the village handpumps are getting toxic water. Official records say that 151 of the 400 villages on the banks of the river have reported ailments like cancer, neurological and digestive disorders and skin and respiratory infection due to the contaminated water.
“Villagers have started getting diseases because of dirty water. We want the river bank in our area to be clean,” added Singh.
“We also want that the drains going to the river should be treated to keep the water safe. After a meeting with RWA members, we will approach the state government to treat the drain water going into the river,” said Singh.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has extended his support in cleaning the Hindon River.
Recently, divisional commissioner Dr Prabhat Kumar had also undertaken a tree plantation drive along the banks of river Hindon in all districts.