The article starts below this important information about the “Save Yamuna” padyatra:
This is how Braj Dham Seva says YOU can help the sadhus’ cause of saving Yamuna-ji :
You CAN :
1. Pray for the cause. Prayers have great powers.
2. Spread the message to all who care. There is strength in numbers. If there is enough display of public will from both India and beyond, the managers of Indian rivers shall see reason and cleanse Yamuna ji for all times to come.
3. Be one of the 100,000 people who care and are physically coming to New Delhi to push this concept on the 15th April 2011. This cause is both ours and yours. Be THERE (http://www.brajdhamsewa.org/YamunaJi/HistoricalFootMarch.aspx)
4. Be amongst the other 100,000 people who shall virtually push the idea through phone calls, faxes or E – Mails.
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Ramesh Baba of Maan Mandir in Barsana speaking on the “Save Yamuna” padyatra, which is scheduled to culminate in New Delhi on April 15
Padyatra to save Yamuna from pollution
KANPUR 22.03.2011 (TOI): Hundreds of `sadhus’ from Braj Mandal, `bhakts’ of Lord Krishna, farmers, environmentalists and residents of Etawah participated in a `padyatra’ to save the Yamuna from pollution.
The march which started from Allahabad on March 3, covered Kaushambi, Fatehpur, Kanpur and Auraiyya to reached Etawah on Tuesday.
A dharna will be held at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 15 to highlight the issue.
Holding placards and banners, the `patyatris’ assembled on the banks of Yamuna in Etawah and sang `bhajans’ and `kirtans’ in order to gather support for the cause.
“Yamuna, considered as a pious in mythology, is now counted among the most polluted rivers in India,” said Bhanu Pratap Singh, president Bhartiya Kisan Union, Mathura. Delhi alone contributes around 3,296 mld (million litres per day) of sewage in the form of drains which fall into the river. Lakhs of people are living in the slums on the banks of Yamuna river, he said. Shortage of sewage treatment plants and lack of sanitation facilities in Delhi are responsible for polluting the Yamuna. The problem is further compounded by lack of minimum perennial fresh water flow in the river along the stretch starting from Wazirabad, Singh added.
Addressing a gathering, Jai Krishna Das, a saint of Barsana, urged the people to join hands in saving the Yamuna.
“Our motive is to ensure maximum participation of people in the save river Yamuna campaign. We are covering villages and cities located on the banks of river Yamuna for the task. And it will only be possible when the people from every section of society join hands,” said Das.
“The Centre and the Delhi government should come forward and take initiative to open Wazirabad bandh. A kisan panchayat is to be held in Agra on April 1. If the authorities fail to take initiative, we will be forced to take some decision in the sit-in at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on April 15. The people from all walks of life should come forward and protect Yamuna otherwise it will be a history,” Singh added.
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