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Sunday, 11 March 2018 | PNS | Dehradun- While speaking at a seminar on Ganga at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh on Saturday, the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that the role of the people of Uttarakhand is immense in keeping the holy river clean. “The fact that Ganga originates from the State has invested a tremendous responsibility of keeping her pristine flow alive with the people of the State. Large-scale plantation can be a means to help the holy river maintain her natural flow,” he said. He stressed on multipronged approach to preserve the flow and the sanctity of the river. Titled ‘The Summit of Solutions-2018’, the seminar was attended by representatives of all the five States through the river Ganga flows. Stressing the need of rain water harvesting for maintaining and conserving rivers, CM said that the rain water should be stopped from flowing out from the farms and villages and getting thus wasted. The water should be collected so as to help recharging the rivers. Touting it as a pious mission in view of Ganga and other rivers forming the heart throbs of the nation, he exhorted the people to come forward and do their bit so that the rivers do not die because of human nonchalance. Invoking the Prime Minister Prime Minister Narendra Modi, CM said that the cleanliness mission he has envisioned through his   Swachh Bharat drive needs the people’s collective contribution for its fulfilment. While reiterating his Government’s commitment to the cause of the rivers flowing through the State, he said that they are going all-out to revive the rivers whose flows have got stultified due to numerous reasons. He named Rispana and Kosi rivers and said that their revival plans are being firmed up now. “To clean and revive Rispana, a mega sanitation drive from its source point to the place of its confluence would be undertaken soon,” he added. Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan said that the objective of the seminar is find permanent solutions to conserve Ganga and other rivers. “The nation can hardly survive if Ganga does not survive. It is thus a collective responsibility of the nation and particularly of the States through which the fabled river flows to let her remain alive while maintaining her pristine flow,” he said and thanked all, including the Chief Minister, for vowing to do everything to help Ganga maintain her flow which is a must if the soul of the ancient nation is to survive. Aside from the representatives of all the five Ganga- swept states, mayors, administrators and heads of municipal bodies, engineers and technical experts participated in the seminar.

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