Sri Sri starts 8-day campaign to clean Yamuna
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 23:42
  
New Delhi: Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Tuesday night launched an eight-day programme to clean Yamuna and create awareness among people to restore the river's past glory.

At a function here, Ravi Shankar said people should join hands and make others aware about making water of the river clean, pure and drinkable.

"Earlier rivers used to pure us, but today we have reached a stage where we have to clean the rivers. Only the government and a single agency can't make it happen. We have to make it by joining hands," he told a gathering of bureaucrats, artists, politicians and dignitaries at the Purana Quila here.

Ravi Shankar exhorted people to take the cleaning work as an emergency call and said the Art of Living with the help of various governmental and non-governmental agencies will begin the cleaning of the Yamuna Ghats from tomorrow till March 24. Ravi Shankar will himself begin the drive at ITO tomorrow.

The government launched a programme in 1993 but so far it has not been completed, he said, adding that it is the "sacred duty" of Delhiites to not only clean the river but also fight against all the ills and pollution in society.

"We will make the programme a success, I have the habit of making possible the impossible. So together we will make the programme a success," he said and stressed that the government should not worry about money as through contributions crores of rupees can be collected.

Over 100 NGOs have extended support to the initiative and will organise mass awareness programmes in schools, colleges and door-to-door campaign on the cleaning of the Yamuna in the national capital and surrounding areas.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 23:42


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