Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) , Ganga Action Parivar and Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) organised a special Ganga Awareness Yatra from Gangotri to Haridwar in which a core group of youth trekked down from Gangotri to Haridwar. They stopped along the way connecting with schools, municipalities and villages and accessed the real time pollution levels in each region.
They organized clean ups and rallies to raise awareness on the vital and crucial need to protect our fresh water bodies, to end the practice of open defecation and the crucial need to build and use toilets.
The yatra took place from the 19-27th October and concluded in Rishikesh and Haridwar, where massive clean ups were undertaken with the joint efforts of Parmarth Rishikumars.
Pujya Swamiji personally blessed and inspired the youth to continue on their mission. He shared that it is only when each one of us takes personal responsibility to protect our sacred lifeline will our future be secured. He lauded the efforts of these young students and appreciated the great dedication and commitment of ABVP towards this vital cause.
The event in Haridwar was also blessed by Pujya MM Swami Kailashanand Brahamchariji, Mahamandaleshwar of the Panch Agni Akhada Siddh Peeth Darshan, Kali Mandir, Haridwar, and graced by ABVP President Sunil Ambekar ji and many other dignitaries. There was a joint pledge to protect all water bodies and to work in our communities and localities for a Swachh Bharat.