The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) leaders have congratulate the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a policy decision not to make new dams on the Ganga. However, in a letter to the Prime Minister, Water Resoruce Minister Nitin Gadkari and Uttarkhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat, they deplored that three under-construction dams are no less than ticking time bombs.
NAPM veterans include Medha Patkar, Swami Agnivesh, Sandeep Pandey, Prafulla Samantara and Kavita Srivastava said that there is no debating that Ganga must flow free or will perish with all attendant ill consequences. This is vindicated by Ravi Chopra Committee in its report to the Supreme Court submitting that there has been an increase in disasters in Uttarakhand ever since the tragedy in 2013, due to the presence of big dams.
Acknowledging this reality, they recalled that the Union of India under your (Modi) leadership pledged to rejuvenate the Ganga and its three tributaries namely Alaknanda, Mandakini and Bhagirathi. Presently, they said that three under-construction dams namely Tapovan-Vishnugad, Vishnugad-Pipalkoti and Singoli-Bhatwari are further threatening the survival of this holy river adding to the damage already done by a number of existing dams.
To save the holy Ganga, her sons have risen and stood up for her. Swami Saanand fasted for 111 days to draw attention of the powers to be to its cries for survival before he succumbed unheeded. Carrying on the baton, Sant Gopaldas fasted for 146 days when he disappeared under suspicious circumstances unheard and unheeded. Presently the 26 year old young Brahmachari Aatmabodhanand from Matri Sadan, Haridwar, has been on a fast since 24th of October 2018 determined to carry on the baton for Ganga for a positive response, they added.
They urged that the powers that be must immediately engage with them ensuring that every step necessary to sustain the river is taken proactively without any further loss of life of the sons of Ganga on chain amaran Anshan for her.
NAPM has demanded to stop the dams under construction on Ganga at Tapovan-Vishnugad on Dhauli Ganga, Vishnugad-Pipalkoti on Alaknanda and Singoli-Bhatwari on Mandakini. They ask to implement CPCB order dated December 06, 2016 issued vide letter no. PCI-SSI/direction-DM/SSP, Haridwar/2016 prohibiting mining and stone crushers within 5 km from either side of Ganga up to Raiwala 2, Bhogpur, Haridwar, up to Raighati and issue directions to halt. Stating that saints have and are sacrificing their lives in an unbroken chain of amaran anshan at Matri Sadan, NAPM said the concerned authorities must immediately engage with them to resolve the demands.