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Save River Campaign from February 3

(PTI, Pithoragarh, Jan 19) An NGO fighting for water conservation in Uttarakhand will launch a “Save River Campaign” in the state beginning February 3 to mobilise the local people to save their nearby rivers.
Nadi Bachao Abhiyan (Movement to Save Rivers), a Kausani-based NGO, will organise 50 such rallies across the state, Radha Behn, convener of the movement, said.

These marches will conclude on February 10 and will be followed by a three-day convention on the same topic at Dehradun, Behn told PTI from Kausani today.

“This will be the second phase of the campaign in the state. First phase was organised from January 1, 2008 in 16 river tracks”, the veteran Gandhian said.

According to a communique released by Laxmi Ashram Kashani (Almora), the campaign will cover 51 rivers and rivulets of the state including the major rivers like Alaknanda, Mandakini, Bhilagana, Nayar, Bhagirathi in Garhwal and Sharyu, Gori, Kali, Ramganga and Koshi in Kumaon region.

“We want not only generation of more water in these rivers naturally but also to have such a management of natural water that the villages of the state could use it properly, Basant Pandey, the co-organiser of the movement, emphasised.

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