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MissionGange: Save Ganga

It’s time to save the environment! It’s time to clean up the Ganga. Read more to know about #MissionGange –

Cleaning up our rivers has become a pressing need in today’s time. With an increase in global warming, plastic pollution and any other form of pollution, living healthy is becoming a greater task day by day.

To clean up the mess we’ve made, it’s vital that people are aware of the issues we are facing and how to overcome them. It’s time for a solution. One such solution and initiative was taken by Tata Steel in the form of #MissionGange – A mission to clean up the River Ganga.

The Clean Ganga expedition was the brilliant idea of the 21 member team of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) which is led by Bachendri Pal – the first Indian woman to climb Mount Everest.

This initiative was part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan whoch was approved from the Prime Minister’s Office in January. The expedition was set to begin the 2nd of October 2018 and end 3 weeks later.

The 21-member team will includes Everesters Premlata Agarwal, Rajendra Singh Pal, Hemant Gupta, Sandeep Tolia, Swarnalata Dalai, Poonam Rana and TSAF manager and climber Pranav Mamgain, among others.

The team would also involve a bulk of women from Jamshedpur who are willing to join the expedition team. The team will start its expedition on October 5 from Haridwar traversing through Bijnor – Farukkhabad – Kanpur – Allahabad – Varanasi – Buxar and end with a drive in Patna. A team of rafters spotting pollutants on a stretch of the river would co-ordinate with another part of their team which would help in disposing of the garbage by liaising with local NGO and municipal bodies concerned in that stretch thus easing the process.

In addition to the clean up, the team will also organize cleaning and awareness drives with the help of local communities, visit schools and other institutions to create awareness around waste management, climate change and Government of India’s ‘Mission Clean Ganga’ (Namami Gange).

This initiative is an example of how working together and supporting causes to improve life quality can be important which is evident in the words the team leader Ms. Pal said:

The cleaning drive by Mission Gange shows what can be achieved with the support of local communities and the youth. The 40-tonnes of waste collected from River Ganga so far highlights the challenge in keeping the holy river clean. With three more stops left before this month-long mission ends, we are confident of reaching out to thousands more and making the mission a big success for all,”

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