In a major
Ganga depollution campaign, Eco Friends with the help of the dhanuk
community of the ghats fished out around 48 dead bodies here on
World Water Day in Kanpur. These corpses and carcasses were retrieved
from 10 km stretch of Kanpur Ganga starting from Shuklaganj to
Siddhanath ghat. Around 15 corpses were retrieved from Shuklaganj,
7 from Chandan ghat, 6 from Dapka ghat and the rest from other
ghats along the river.
retrieving the dead bodies, these were buried in a huge pit at
Budiya ghat. Around 5 carcasses were also found which were buried
in a separate pit at the same ghat. The police department helped
the Eco Friends members to carry out their campaign under its
protection. Eco Friends member Piyush Jaiswal and his team collected
the corpses floating in the stretch from upstream Shuklaganj bridge
to Buriya ghat. Mohammad Owais and Abdul Shamim took care of the
stretch from Buriha ghat to Deohdi ghat. The entire exercise was
conducted under the supervision of Rakesh K Jaiswal, the executive
secretary of Eco Friends.
a related event, Eco Friends organized contests for the school
children at Massacre ghat. Around 180 children from St Aloysius
High School, Wendy High School, St Mary's Convent and The Chintels
School participated in both the contests. The winner of the on-the-spot
English slogan competition was Viddhi Khanna of St Mary's Convent.
Ganga is our breath, We shall protect it till our
death. Social worker Dr Naim Hamid gave away the
prize to the best English slogan. The best Hindi slogan prize
was given to Prakhar Mishra of St Aloysius High School by Prakash
Kashwan of The Ford Foundation. The best slogan recitation prize
went to Mimi Jacob of St Mary's Convent. ASP Cantonment N. Choudhury
gave the prize to Mimi Jacob.
the contest, all the school children cleaned the ghats of polythene,
worship material and other trash. The ASP Cantonment N Choudhury
and other police personnel also joined hands to pick up the waste
and dump it in a pit at the Massacre ghat. Children were also
taken on a boat rally and they displayed placards and banners
during the boat rally. The children also distributed pamphlets
during the campaign.
like Hari Om Shukla, Ram Avtar, Ram Kumar, Radheshyam and Dashrath
and Ganga Ambassadors including Shantanu Adhikari participated
in the event.
At the outset,
Rakesh K Jaiswal of Eco Friends addressed the gathering and told
them about the significance of World Water Day. He pointed out
to the audience that Ganga can be made clean only when the youth
come forward and contribute honestly in the cleaning effort.
members who organized the programme included Renu Pathak, Preeti
Negi, Archana Jaiswal, Namita Singh and Jitendra Dixit