Stop projects on Ganga: VHP
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 06, 2009, 18:51
Allahabad: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Thursday said the status of Ganga as the national river is just an "eyewash" and demanded a complete ban on projects coming on the holy river.

"The Tehri dam was constructed despite strong protests from Hindus. The government is now planning to build a massive power project worth Rs 400 crore at Lohari Nagpal in Uttaranchal. We demand that all such projects be immediately stopped ", VHP international president Ashok Singhal told reporters here.

The VHP supremo also demanded inclusion of prominent religious Hindu leaders in Ganga River Basin Authority set by the Prime Minister as a watchdog to check the contamination of river's water.

Singhal said Hindu leaders from Akhara Parishad, Hindu Dharm Acharya Sabha and Sant Samiti, among others, should be included in the body.

He said that saints and religious leaders will meet in New Delhi on August 18 to chalk out future strategies.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, August 06, 2009, 18:51

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