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Ganga canal closed for cleaning

The flow to resume on the night of Diwali

Monday, 08 October 2018 | PNS | Haridwar– The annual closure of Ganga for cleaning and silt removal has been enforced from Sunday midnight. According to the Uttar Pradesh irrigation department officials, it would remain closed for the next 30 days and the full flow would resume on the night of Diwali. However, during the time of the closure, 1000 cusecs of water would be maintained at Har Ki Paudi so as to enable the pilgrims to take a holy dip, add the officials. Every year around this time, the canal is closed by the UP irrigation department and during the time of the closure, various social organizations and academic institutions engage themselves in cleaning the river bed. Speaking to The Pioneer, SDO Upper Ganga Canal Vikrant Kumar Saini said, “Keeping the religious sentiments of the people thronging Haridwar for a holy dip, the required water level would be maintained at Har Ki Paudi and some other ghats. We have ensured that 1000 cusecs of water would be maintained at Har Ki Paudi. From October 7 mid-night, the Ganga canal regulated from Mayapur regulator which goes through Har Ki Paudi has been closed and from October 10, the Bhimgoda barrage would also be closed. However, through the escape channel, the water flow would be maintained at Sati Ghat and other important Ganga ghats falling along the way.” Asked on the resumption of the water flow, Kumar said that the normal water flow would resume on the night of Diwali. However, the Ganga Mahasabha president Purushottam Sharma Gandhiwadi vented anger over the closure of the Ganga for a month. “The irrigation department officials have got no right to hurt the sentiments of the visitors who come to Ganga for the holy dip. Even the President has articulated the same view when he visited Haridwar,” he said. Expressing doubt over whether the department’s assurance on the maintenance of 1000 cusecs of water at Har Ki Pauri, Kusha Ghat, Vishnu Ghat, and Ganesh Ghat would be acted upon, he said that despite the assurance, the low water level disappoints the pilgrims who come around this time every year. Notably, a pact was signed in 1916 between the then British Government, some rulers of the erstwhile princely States and Madan Mohan Malaviya on the volume of water required to be maintained at the mainstream Ganga, particularly across the ghats of Haridwar, so that the Hindus coming here for taking the holy dip was not inconvenienced. read more post…

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