Campaigning against water pollution
Chandigarh March 31:
Noted environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal will conduct a ten-day awareness march from April 1 in Punjab and Rajasthan to sensitise the masses about increasing levels of water pollution in the two States.
“Our main aim is to create awareness by talking to people we come across on our way and to persuade them to safeguard the water resources,” Mr. Seechewal told reporters here. He expressed disappointment with the Punjab Government for allegedly reopening the Kala Sanghian drain near Jalandhar after closing it for just one month last year.
Mr. Seechewal said Kala Sanghian drain in which industrial effluents and other household waste from various towns of Punjab are discharged is the major cause of water pollution as its contaminated water flows into other rivers and subsequently reaches Rajasthan. He blamed the Government for its failure to check the effluent discharge of industries and sewage water of towns and villages polluting the ground water.
He appealed to people from all walks of life to join the awareness march so that the Government rises from its slumber and protects the rivers and rivulets in the region. The march will cover various towns and villages situated on the banks of the Sutlej and various drains in Rajasthan and finally conclude at Bikaner in Rajasthan on April 10, he said.