With Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking keen interest in cleaning of Ganga, a group of environmentalists will be petitioning him to pursue with UNESCO for declaration of upper region of the holy river as a World Heritage Site.
“I have already written to the Union Ministry for Water Resources and now we will petition the PM to pursue the case. I will write a letter to the PM in this regard,” said noted environmentalist Ranjit Bhargava.
This is important as the PM is himself keen on Ganga river conservation, he said.
The Narendra Modi government had last year launched the ‘Swachh Ganga’ campaign to clean the holy river.
Bhargava said he suggested that a well-structured Territorial Army Division, consisting of Eco Task Force Units of ex-servicemen, should be set up to clean and rejuvenate the Ganga.
Bhargava said he wrote to Union Minister for Water Resource Uma Bharti on the issue of World Heritage site status for Upper Ganga region from Gaumukh to Haridwar in Uttarakhand.
“But in response Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat said the proposal has to be steered by Utrakhand government,” he said.
“I suggested that keeping in mind Modi’s deep passion for ensuring Ganga her due, his senior minister Uma Bharti may apprise the PM,” he said.
Bhargava said now he has decided to take the issue directly to the doors of the PM.
“We want that PM should directly take initiative in this regard. Ganga river is revered by crores of people in India and the issue is not related to one particular state. It should be ensured that the river is restored to its pristine glory, made clean and pollution free. Even the apex court has expressed concern over the issue,” he said.