Citizens voice for Adi Ganga

02/01/2010 00:53

Adi Ganga once upon a time.....


Honourable Minister of Railways, 
Government of India 
Honourable Minister of Environment 
Government of West Bengal 

You must be aware that Tolly’s Nullah, the original course of the Ganga (Adi Ganga), is in a a sordid state. Thish eritage river is now polluted and nearly a dead one. Though there are a number of schemes to clean it, nothing much is taking place. 
We are happy to know about the recent plan to extend Metro Rail from Tollygunge to Garia. However this railway will be laid on pillars constructed on the bed of Adi Ganga. This will exterminate this navigable river. There will be impact on environment.  We appeal to you to hasten the cleaning of Adi Ganga and review the Metro expansion plan and to enquire alternative so that this heritage river is not lost forever. 

Sankha Ghosh (Poet), Ashish Ghosh (ExDirector Zoological Survey of India), Prof. S.C.Santra (Head, Environmental Sciences Dept. Kalyani University), Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay (Novelist), Prof. Partha Chattopadhyay (Director, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta),    Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty, Historian, Chicago University,  Jogen Choudhury (Painter),Ramananda Bandyopadhyay  (Painter), Shaonli Mitra (Actress and Playwright), Gautam Bhadra (Historian)  Bhola Nath Aich (Former Chief Engineer, Irrigation & waterways, Govt. of West Bengal), Rebati Ranjan Bhattacharya (Environmental Activist), Amal Dutta (Ex MP,Bar-at-law), Prof. Ratan Khasnobish (Head, Buisness Management, Calcutta University), Mohit Ray (EIA Specialist), Subhas Dutta (Ganatantrik Nagarik Samity) and others. 

(Translated from Bengali)


 Adi Ganga