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Fasting for 101 days to clean up Ganga, Swami Sanand to stop drinking water on October 9

By Our Representative
Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, earlier GD Agrawal, professor of civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, has entered 101th day of his hunger strike at Matri Sadan, Haridwar, for cleaning up Ganga. Among those who met him included Cabinet minister Uma Bharti, asking him to give up the fast. Another Cabinet minister Nitin Gadkari has written a letter with a similar plea.
While the swami has declared he would stop drinking water starting October 9, the BJP government, which has spent over Rs 7,000 crore, has not only failed to clean up Ganga, the river has become even dirtier, said Sanjay Singh, Rajya Sabha MP and social activist and academic Sandeep Pandey in a joint statement.
On the other hand, the government has come up with projects that would further pollute the river. One of them is to connect by highway four religious spots, Gangotri, Janmotri, Haridwar and Rishikesh. It would only help the corrupt contractors, who are associated with the ruling party, the statement added.
Swami Sanand's demand is only one -- Ganga should flow uninterruptedly and remail pure. That is, no waste of any kind of sewage, including industrial waste, should be dumped into Ganga. This alone would make the Ganga pure, the statement said, demanding new dams should not be built on Ganga.
During the rule of the previous UPA government, the swami undertook a 100-km-long foot march, forcing the then government to declare the river in Uttarakhand an environmentally sensitive area. Now, the swami wants a law on Ganga to ensure restoration of its purity on the entire stretch, the statement added.

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