With the authorities showing little resolve to address the problem of pollution in the Ghaggar, residents of Ratia in Fatehabad launched a “Ghaggar Bachao, Zindagi Bachao” campaign under the guidance of environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal from April 6.

On an invite from the Jat Samaj Sabha, an organisation of the Jat Sikh community of the area, the Padma Shri awardee, who rose to prominence by spearheading the resurrection of the 160 km-long Kali Bein rivulet in Punjab’s Doaba region, visited Ratia on April 6.

Sabha president Gurdeep Singh Chahal said Seechewal would be received at Kamana bridge over the Ghaggar.

After examining the pollution level in the river, he took to Gurdwara Ajitsar in a procession. Seechewal raised awareness about the dangers associated with pollution and discussed ways to build pressure on the government to address the issue.

“Under his guidance, we will take up the matter with various state governments and ask municipal bodies of the towns falling along the Ghaggar to set up sewerage treatment plants instead of dumping waste into the river,” he added. Samples taken recently near Chandpura in Fatehabad and Ottu in Sirsa showed the biochemical oxygen demand level in the river water at 25 to 30 mg per litre against the normal 3 mg per litre.

Sources: The Tribune


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