Dr. Rajendrasingh’s call for the revival of holy ponds, watershed development and women’s empowerment

Join the movement of Aviral Godavari!

If the people of Nashik don’t want to face the worse effects of the climatic changes, they need to participate in the movement to make the Godavari river flow uninterrupted by making the Brahmagiri mountain green, appealed world-renowned water expert Dr Rajendra Singh, in Nashik recently. In order to make the notified region of the Brahamagiri an ‘Eco-Sensitive Zone’, a seven-point programme will be implemented involving identification and demarcation of the notified area, grass planting, watershed development, cleanliness drive, holy ponds’ revival, women empowerment and tree plantation. Seven committees have been formed for this purpose and citizens can contribute to these committees, said Singh.

Dr Singh was speaking at the ‘Aviral Godavari’ programme held as part of the ‘Brahmagiri ki Hariyali, Godavari ki Pavitrata’ event at MVP’s Raosaheb Thorat Auditorium. The event was jointly organised by Namami Goda Foundation, The Satsang Foundation, Sakal Social Foundation and Tarun Bharat Sangh. It was attended by Municipal Commissioner Dr Chandrakant Pulkundwar, Managing Director of Tribal Development Corporation Leena Bansod, Sakal’s Editor-Director Shriram Pawar, Namami Goda Foundation President Rajesh

Pandit, Secretary actor Chinmay Udgirkar, National Coordinator of The Satsang Foundation Vasuki Sundaram, Vice President of Tarun Bharat Sangh Indira Khurana, Executive Vice President of AP Globale-Bobby Nimbalkar, AP Globale General Manager-Tulsi Doultani, Editor of Sakal’s North Maharashtra Edition Dr Rahul Ranalkar, Principal of Architecture College Prajakta Baste and Laxman Savji.

The event was inaugurated in an auspicious manner by watering a Tulsi plant. Dr Singh underlined that the citizens of Nashik should contribute to the activities being held to let the Godavari flow uninterrupted and also take ownership of some of those activities. He also said that the ancient ponds should be rejuvenated and turned into pilgrimage places.

Nashik Municipal Corporation has started the work for Godavari. We have decided to reward the housing societies and buildings that are carrying out rainwater harvesting well. Also, municipal officials are communicating every day with the people living in the undeclared slums on the banks of some of the tributaries to ensure that they don’t dump their garbage into the tributaries. We intend to reach every household. Most importantly, wherever I am, I will continue to work for the river.

Dr Chandrakant Pulkundwar, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation

We received Guru Sri M’s guidance to carry out water-related work. Several factors are important for the continuation of a river’s internal flow. Efforts can also be made through various means to save water from households. We have to respect the river by preventing its pollution. Plastic dumping in the area should be stopped. Similarly, everyone should contribute to the Aviral Godavari movement.

Vasuki Sundaram, The Satsang Foundation

In the past, we had started solid waste management in 82 villages along the Godavari river through Zilla Parishad. We had also prepared a framework to make Brahmagiri an Eco-Sensitive Zone. Now efforts are underway to arrange sustainable development through Tribal Development and Shabri Corporation. We will inform people about the alternatives.

Leena Bansod, Managing Director, Tribal Development Corporation

The Godavari has chosen us to help it flow continually and perennially. With this sentiment, we should set out to learn about the river and reach the ultimate truth which is nature. Let’s make the Godavari flow unceasingly through The Satsang Foundation. So, come on, treat nature as God and participate in this work!

Chinmay Udgirkar, actor

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