Uma urges PM to set up board on Ganga pollution
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Last Updated: Monday, July 11, 2011, 20:00
Kolkata: Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Monday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's help in setting up a board to review all projects made for checking pollution in river Ganga.

"We want the Prime Minister to set up a board to find ways to save the Ganga. It should have scientists, experts on environment, religious leaders and people of Uttarakhand," Bharti, who is on a visit here as part of the Save Ganga plan, told a press conference.

The board should be given a time-frame to submit its report and all projects on the river suspended till the report was submitted, she said.

Bharti said she had a round of discussion with the Prime Minister on the matter and was waiting for further talks with him. "He called me once, I went to see him. But he has not called me since. I am waiting for another call from him."

If the Prime Minister failed to constitute the board, her cell would set up one on its own, Bharti said.

Stating that the Ganga was facing the problem of 'pradushan' (pollution), 'soshan' (discrimination), 'dohan' (exploitation) and 'atikraman,' (tresspassing), Bharti said the 'mining and hydel power mafia' were also posing a threat to the river.

"Our fight against the mining and hydel power mafia will continue. We will submit a draft to the Prime Minister on how power can be generated at half the cost," she said.

Bharti, now travelling along the Ganga in UP, Bihar and West Bengal as part of the Save Ganga programme, said her cell would organise a human chain in November from Gangotri in Uttarakhand to Ganga Sagar in West Bengal to highlight the pollution dangers facing the Ganga.

The dangers mainly spring from mining activities and hydel projects in the Ganga Basin, she said, adding that an international 'Ganga Summit' would be organised at the Talkatora Stadium in Delhi in October.

Bharti said she was getting good response from the people about her Save Ganga programme.

"Wherever I go for Ganga Aarti, I get good response from the people," she said.


First Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 20:00

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