National water convention ujjain
National water convention, ujjain
A shared pledge for taking initiative for purity and continuity of rivers of India was undertaken at National Water Convention, Ujjain
National Water Convention was organized at Ujjain from 16-18 December at Jhalariya Math on the banks of river Kshipra.
This Convention was organized with an objective to draw attention towards river rejuvenation and need for an unified approach to protect rivers of India and to ensure their purity and continuity.
In this Convention more than 400 water activists, water experts, environmentalists and subject specialists from all over the country participated.
On the first day of the Convention, an Awareness Rally (Jal Yatra) a four kilometres walk was conducted that started from Kshirsagar to Jhalariya Math of Ujjain. The Jal Yatra was flagged off by Waterman Rajendra Singh Ji. In this rally around 2000 students, volunteers and activists from all over the country participated. Chanting slogans for reduction of pollution in river Kshipra and other rivers of India, the participants gave messages of peace, harmonious environment through people’s participation.
After the rally, the Convention was inaugurated ceremoniously and was chaired by the Hon’ble PWD Minister and In- Charge of Ujjain, Mr. Sajjan Singh Verma Ujjain.
Dr. Sanjay Singh, National Convener of Jal Jan Jodo Campaign, gave a short sketch of the objectives of this Convention. Waterman Rajendra Singh ji, stated how the rivers of India are now in dying state due to apathy of government and lack of awareness among the people. He mentioned that the rivers are the lifeline of the country and today this lifeline is in ICU and fighting for its life. He further added that we have gathered here to make Kshipra clean and continuous and will set an example for the whole country.
Hon’ble Minister, Mr. Sajjan Singh Verma , appreciated the effort of the activists and Jal Jan Jodo Campaign for drawing attention to a very serious problem. He assured that all possible support will be provided rejuvenation of river Kshipra. He stated that he is in- charge of Ujjain and is feeling ashamed of the miserable condition of river Kshipra. He further assured that budget will be provided from cutting other budget heads for cleanliness and continuity of Kshipra.
During the second half of the first day, the issues of rivers were discussed and groups were identified to prepare an action plan and white papers on river Kshipra, Godavari and Kaveri.
Concerns raised over dying rivers
The second day session started with pouring of water from 101 rivers, brought by the representatives of 101 river basin groups, into one large earthen pot, symbolyzing mother Earth.
After that Dr. HS Sawkar from Zoological Society of India, gave his presentation and said that the first war for water took place between the city of Tigres between Lagas and Utama city. By 1950, the United States had more than 180 fights over the United States. Despite such progress, scientists have not been able to find out how much of our sweet water is wasted by going to sea. Through a presentation, he explained the changes in the rivers of the Western Ghats in the past centuries and helped the audience to learn about the rivers, river flow of peninsular India. He also mentioned that apart from surface water, ground water is also important, since the amount of surface water merging with oceans can be calculated but there is no study about the amount of ground water that is flown into the seas.
Telangana Water Board Chairman (Cabinet Minister) Prakash Rao explained in details about the meaningful efforts made by the government in the past few years in the state of Telangana. More than twenty thousand farmers had committed suicide in Telangana, the major reason for this was the increase in pollution in Godavari river. The Godavari river in Telangana flows over much lower land, due to which the flow of water is not equal, for this the Telangana government has made the flow of water normal by putting the world's largest pump.
Professor Ramesh from Rajamudhry of Andhra Pradesh threw light on the disadvantages on dams made for stopping water of the river across the country. Prof. Ramesh said that dams stop the natural flow of the rivers which leads to extinctions of marine creatures.
The programme was presided over by Dr. Rajendra Singh ji who insisted on cleanliness of rivers, ‘Water Man’ Dr. Rajendra Singh said that Maharashtra water activists had conducted an innovative experiment in the past, demanding the government to boycott Kumbh and other religious events, which are held on the banks of rivers. They told the government that if we cannot clean the rivers, then we have no right to organize any program on the banks of any river. When the water of rivers is not even potable, the government should stop organizing a fair like Kumbh. In ancient India, events like Kumbh were done to bring awareness to people about good and evil and to keep rivers clean, but in modern India, rivers have become the only objects of use that have made the river Would have messed up.
Sanjay Singh, national convener of Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan said that the success of this conference lies in preparing meaningful efforts to make the river Kshipra uninterrupted and serene,
The Kshipra group prepared a white paper which was a complete blueprint for making the Kshipra river clean and continuous. Mr. Sudhindra Mohan Shrama explained this White paper and mentioned that a Kshipra Jal Biradari will be formed that will initiate the efforts for making the river clean and continuous. At three levels- technical, community and government level efforts will be undertaken. A detailed action plan was also mentioned by him.
During this presentation more than 200 students from Madhav Science College and other colleges of Ujjain were present in the audience. Since the students are the future of the country, they are the ones who will carry forward this action plan to its full implementation.
Mr. Satyanarayan Bolishetty, President, Jal Biradari mentioned the efforts taken for revival of Krishna river. He stated how he and the team were attacked by police on the instructions from the ex Chief Minister Mr. Chandrababu Naidu. He narrated his relentless efforts for the rejuvenation of river Krishna in a very inspirational manner.
After this session the Godavari group stated their action plan for cleanliness and continuity of river Godavari. It was suggested that along with the rivers, it is also essential to protect forests along the banks of the river.
A resolution was passed) for continuity of Ganga, for which seer Padmawati is on hunger strike. To support the seer it was decided to organise a Ganga Convention on January 5 and 6.
The earthen pot in which water from 100 rivers was collected was taken to the banks of river Kshipra and was poured in the river to mark the solidarity for cleanliness and continuity of rivers of India.
Pledge was taken for the cleanliness and continuity of river
On the third day and at closing ceremony of National Water Convention a joint pledge was undertaken that we the people of India take this pledge at this city of Mahakaleshwar at the banks of river Kshipra, that we will work for purity and continuity of rivers of India by protecting water, forests and land to make a peaceful, prosperous and happy India. We all will make efforts to ensure the rights of rivers. To protect human rights we will safeguard the rights of the rivers. To ensure this we will work together to make fruitful efforts.
At the convention 40 activists from 101 river basin organizations, engaged in inspiration work on rivers and environment in India, were honoured. Amongst them are, Mr. Prakash Rao, President, Telegana Water Board, Mr. V. R. Patil, ex Minister, Karnataka, H.S. Sawkar, Scientist, Ramesh Bhai, Gandhian Thinker, Appa Sahib from Bijapur, Karnataka, Benugopal from Pachinada of Kerala, major Himanshu from Ganga Jal Biradari, Ramkrishna Shukla from Bundelkhand, Professor Ramesh from Rajamundhry, Vitendri from Orissa, Pankaj Malviya from Bihar, Satynarayan working on Krishna river, Vijay Rai from Delhi, Punia Bai from Chhatarpur, Kiran from Tikamgarh, Runamal from Rajasthan, Brijesh Vijayvargiya from Kota.
During the first session of the Convention, Waterman Rajendra Singh mentioned that it is imperative to bring along the women power for rejuvenation of rivers. Without the participation of women the rivers can’t be ever flowing and pure. We have to bring back the respect of water, women and river (Neer, Nari, Nadi), then only we can ensure the purity and ever continuity of rivers of India.
During the session the women took the pledge to make all efforts for purity and continuity of rivers. Presiding the session, Waterman Rajendra Singh ji stated that the governments should be more sensitive towards the issues of rivers. There is an need to create awareness in the society regarding te issues of rivers to maintain the purity and continuity of rivers.
At the closing of the session it was decided to organize a Satyagrah in support of Sadhvi Padmavati during 05-06 January at Haridwar.
National Water Convention will be organized at Bhopal on 11th February
Godavari Yatra will begin from 04-06 February from Tryambakeshwar of Nasik.
From 10-13 February a Convention on Godavari will be organized.
A River Parliament will be organized from 14-16 February at Rajamundhry of Andhra Pradesh.
At the closing session Mr. Ravi Praksh Langer, Ex Governor, Rotary Club, said that they will prepare a five year action plan for purity and continuity of river Kshipra. We will create awareness among the communities at the banks of river Kshipra for this initiative. A river basin organization will be formed and quarterly meetings will be held to assess the progress of action plan.