Art of Living launches a Clean Yamuna Campaign

17th of Mar 2010
  Alabama
United States

New Delhi: A mammoth Yamuna clean-up campaign was launched today by the Art of Living Foundation. The campaign titled, Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna, saw His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Spiritual & Humanitarian leader and Founder, Art of Living, along with hundreds of volunteers and supporting organisations cleaning the ITO ghat this morning.

“A staggering 3.6 billion tonnes of untreated sewerage flows daily into the Yamuna and the river supplies 60% of the water needed by the Delhi region. The situation is dire. We need to act now. And one single organisation or entity cannot do things all by itself. Only collectively can this clean-up be possible”, said His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar at the inauguration of the campaign.

“We have already had a soft launch of the campaign. For the last 15 days, Art of Living volunteer teams have been cleaning the ITO ghat, with Ghat volunteer teams and boat volunteer teams. In addition to the actual clean-up, we are also educating the public about the need to keep Yamuna and its eco-system clean. We are also asking our Government to ensure that the sewage plants in the area are fully functional”, said Narendra Mohan, East Delhi Campaign coordinator.

The Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna campaign was launched on Tuesday March 16 at Purana Qila. Present at the launch were numerous dignitories and stakeholders from every section of society- corporates, education, art, culture, RWA, market associations, traders etc. Present on the dais on the campaign launch were Smt Kiran Walia, Honourable Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Women & Child Development & Languages- Delhi Govt.; Sh. Kanwar Sain, Mayor of Delhi; Shri Ramesh Negi, CEO, Delhi Jal Board, SRTC, National Cadet Corps (NCC), MCD, SRTC, Pandit Rajan & Sajan Mishra (Vocal- Hindustani Music), Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (Classical Hindustani Flutist), Uma Sharma, Shovana Narayan, Sonal Mansingh, (Odissi Dancer), Leela Samson, Vandana Shiva, among others. Over 100 Ngo’s, corporates and organisations have already extended their support for the initiative including Delhi Jal Board, Sulabh, UNESCO, WWF, Philips, SBI, Bajaj Allianz, LG, MAX Healthcare, ICRTC, IGL, Powergrid, Videocon, JICA, Swecha, Force, Chintan, Development Alternatives, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Khushii, Casp-Plan, Toxics link, Vatavaran, Delhi Greens, Morphogenesis, Prajanya Eva Foundation, TERI among others.

The campaign will see a week-long cleanliness drive of the 8 Yamuna ghats and citizen mobilisation that will culminate in a clean-up drive of Delhi before the Commonwealth Games.Details of the Ghat Cleaning Drive is appended. Volunteers wanting to join the campaign can contact: 011- 43232201/19 Website- www.meridillimeriyamuna.org

The Yamuna Ghats Cleaning Drive:

17th March

Wednesday

ITO

7-11am

18th March

Thursday

Wazirabad

7-11am

19th March

Friday

Nizamuddin

7-11am

20th March

Saturday

Kalindi Kunj

7-11am

21st March

Sunday

Qudasia Ghat near ISBT

7-11am

22nd March

Monday

Okhla Bird Sanctuary (By permissions only)

7-11am

23rd March

Tuesday

Yamuna Bazaar

7-11am

24th March

Wednesday

Okhla Dhobhi Ghat

7-11am