By Manu Kajla, Social Worker

At the present time, we are literate or illiterate or how we are well educated
does not matter, if we are not aware about our environment and its
sustainability. Nowadays, peoples are more serious about their health
status and hygiene but not about the environmental status or issues
increasing day by day. At the Haridwar city,

a huge floating population
arrives per day and baths in the holy river Ganga and pollutes the holy
river by throwing discarded waste like their wet clothes, disposable plates,
bowls or cups. In the morning and evening time during the worship rituals
of river Ganga people sit at Ganga ghats to attend the rituals to show
devotion towards Maa Ganga but most of them do not carry their mats.
People used to purchase polythene sheets for sitting and drop them after
Ganga aarti at ghats or throw them in the flowing water that pollutes the
holy river too much.
I have visited Har ki Pauri lots of time during the worship rituals and see
many of the devotees of maa Ganga, eat food items at Ganga aarti palace
and remaining food waste drops elsewhere not dropping in the dustbin.
The huge waste generation in Haridwar city due to religio-touristic
activities during the selected festive occasions like kanwar fares, and on
normal days also. The solid waste (biodegradable or non-biodegradable)
amount of waste during the kanwar festival at Har Ki Pauri area was
3307.250 kg generated. About 200 metric tonnes per day generated solid
waste generation in Haridwar Nagar Nigam. Various waste management
operations such as door- to- door collection of waste or sweeping at Ganga
ghat are performing in the district with one of the urban local bodies
accomplishing 100% source segregation per day. But due to lack of
environmental awareness some people drop municipal solid waste on the roadside, open landfills, Ganga ghat, public places etc. Mostly this is a
non-biodegradable type in the form of polythene sheets, plastic bags and so on. Polythene sheets are used for sitting during the worship rituals of river
Ganga and plastic bags are used to carry food items or clothes. Most of the
people drop their polythene sheets or plastic bags directly drop in the
Ganga river and pollute it. A holy river Maa Ganga is the embodiment of
all sacred waters in Hindu mythology, so many of the awareness programs
to clean our city and clean our holy river Ganga like Namami Gange
Programme, Clean Ganga Mission are currently run by the central
government and state governments. Our Country India is a Nation of
Youths, so youths have to come up to drive the mission for Clean Ganga or
the city and need to take a proper action against those who pollute the holy
river by dropping waste at Ganga ghat. If the proper action or rules are not
applied the day is not so far when we all see our holy Maa Ganga river
completely ruined at the historical time-period

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