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Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:51:01 GMT

73 Mathura villages join battle against Yamuna pollution

Rajpura (Uttar Pradesh): Animal carcasses are not to be dumped into the river, washermen should not use chemicals to wash dirty clothes, the river bank is not to be used as a toilet and no polythene bags - these are among the measures villagers in Rajpura, in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, have planned as part of their campaign to clean up the polluted Yamuna.

73 Mathura villages join battle against Yamuna pollution

Hundreds of villagers from Rajpura, a few kilometres upstream of Vrindavan in Mathura district, Sunday pledged support to the campaign to save the Yamuna river from pollution and make its water potable.

With people from 73 villages in the district joining, the campaign has become the biggest public initiative in the region against river pollution.

The man who leads the campaign is Mathura's Chief Development Officer Ajay Shankar Pandey who, during his earlier stint in Ghaziabad, had changed the profile of the polluted Hindon river.

Talking to IANS, Pandey said: "We told the villagers not to wait for others for what they could on their own. It is about saving a dying river, a holy river at that. A series of meetings and interactions with the village leaders and activists helped us draw up a plan of action. We are now putting that into practice."