Mission Gange: PM Modi lauds team TSAF, urges group to reach out to school children

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Tata Steel MD and CEO TV Narendran and VP Corporate Services Sunil Bhaskaran were also present during the interaction

New Delhi/Jamshedpur, Oct 4: The team members of ‘Mission Gange’, a Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) initiative in Partnership with National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), who are embarking on a month-long rafting expedition to create awareness on cleaning the River Ganga, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence in the national capital on Thursday.

Underlining the importance of a clean and vibrant Ganga, Modi urged the group to reach out to school children as part of their awareness activities.

Prime Minister Modi appreciated the group members for undertaking this initiative. He underlined the importance of a clean and vibrant River Ganga and particularly urged the group to reach out to school children as part of their awareness activities in the cities they are transiting through.

The group includes eight mountaineers who have successfully climbed the Everest, and is led by Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to summit the peak.

The month-long “Mission Gange” river rafting expedition would see the group travel from Haridwar to Patna, with halts in Bijnor, Narora, Farrukhabad, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and Buxar in Bihar, an official statement said.

“At each of these nine cities, the group will raise awareness about keeping the Ganga clean, and also undertake cleaning activities,” it added.

The team is all set for the 1500-km, 4-week rafting expedition along the River Ganges during the period October 5 – 30, 2018.

The expedition will start from Haridwar and end at Patna.

The ambitious mission is aimed to create awareness at grassroots level by cleaning the river and riverfronts and educating people about waste management, clean environment and climate change. 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. The expedition team will 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).

NMCG will partner with TSAF for this important initiative, providing providing support for waste disposal, accommodation, volunteers, coordination with local authorities, NGOs and schools at various locations.

TSAF has brought together a diverse and industrious team of 40 individuals (20 women and 20 men) comprising 8 mountaineers (Bachendri Pal, Premlata Agarwal, Hemant Gupta, R S Pal, Chetna Sahoo, Binita Soren, Poonam Rana, Swarnlata Dalai) who have summited Mt. Everest, 26 Tata Steel employees, 5 engineers from Indian Institute of Technology, one radio jockey and management graduates.

In the run-up to the main expedition the team has already completed two cleaning drives at Jamshedpur, collecting more than 700 kg of Solid Waste. Team members also participated in cleanliness drive with NMCG at Kalindi Guj ghat at Delhi.

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