Veteran Conservationist And Ganga Crusader, Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand Dies During Fast-Unto-Death To Save Ganga

Veteran Conservationist And Ganga Crusader, Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand Dies During Fast-Unto-Death To Save Ganga

The 86 year old former Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur professor, Gurudas Agarwal also known as Sant Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, who was on a fast unto death since June 22 to put pressure on the government to take some concrete steps to clean up Ganga, died after a heart attack at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand on Thursday
Ganga Clean-Up, News
- in Ganga Clean-Up, News
0
Veteran Conservationist And Ganga Crusader, Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand Dies During Fast-Unto-Death To Save GangaDuring his 111 days fast GD Agarwal demanded concrete measures from the government for a pollution-free and uninterrupted flow in the Ganga

New Delhi: The 86-year-old former Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur professor, Gurudas Agarwal also known as Sant Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, died after a heart attack at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Rishikesh, Uttarakhand on Thursday. He had been on a fast unto death since June 22 to put pressure on the government to take some concrete steps to clean up Ganga. During his 111 days fast he demanded government measures for a pollution-free and uninterrupted flow in the Ganga in its natural form. He was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday after he even gave up water. Dr Ravi Kant, Director AIIMS, Rishikesh said, “GD Agarwal suffered from hernia, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease and the fast worsened his condition.”

Also Read: Ganga Can’t Be Clean Unless Its Tributaries Like Yamuna Are Clean: Nitin Gadkari‬

Mr. GD Agarwal, who taught at IIT-Kanpur for 17 years, was the Patron of an NGO named the Ganga Mahasabha founded by Madan Mohan Malviya in 1905 and also served as the first member-secretary on the Central Pollution Control Board. Mr. Agarwal had protested against hydroelectric projects on the Ganga’s tributaries and had demanded a law to protect the river.
Union Water Resources and Ganga River Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari termed GD Agarwal’s death ‘an irreparable loss to the nation’. The former environment minister said, “He was an indefatigable crusader not only for Nirmal Ganga (unpolluted Ganga) but also for Aviral Ganga (free-flowing Ganga). It was my privilege and good fortune to be able to implement some of his important suggestions to ensure uninterrupted flow in the Ganga and its tributaries in Uttarakhand”.

Also Read: Clean Ganga Mission: Ministry Of Water Resources Plans One City, One Operator For Sewage Treatment Plants

Reacting to the demise of the Ganga crusader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his passion for saving the environment will always be remembered. “Saddened by the demise of Shri GD Agarwal Ji. His passion towards learning, education, saving the environment, particularly Ganga cleaning will always be remembered. My condolences,” he tweeted.

Sunita Narain, Director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) called environmentalist Agarwal a phenomenal scientist who was one of those who started fight against pollution in India and was passionate and committed to Ganga.

Describing Mr. Agarwal as “the true son of mother Ganga”, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said he gave away his life to save the river. “Saving the Ganga is like saving the country. We will never forget him and will take his fight forward,” Mr. Gandhi said on Twitter.

Inputs from Press Trust of India

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollutionclean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may also like

With Its Multi-Sectoral Approach, Namami Gange Has Been Successful In Making Positive Impact: NITI Aayog CEO

Namami Gange, is a conservation programme of the Central government launched in June 2014 with a budget outlay of Rs. 20,000 crores to clean and rejuvenate the rive Ganga