Patna: Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) Chief Bachendari Pal-led ‘Mission Gange’ team today arrived in Patna, the final stopover of the month-long rafting expedition aimed to raise awareness about the waste management and Ganga cleanliness.
The 40-member team reached Patna after a day (October 27) cleanliness drive in Buxar, where they collected 3.5 tonnes of waste from the Ganga ghats. Buxar was the seventh stopover for team ‘Mission Gange’, after covering Haridwar, Bijnor, Farrukhabad, Kanpur, Prayagraj and Varanasi since its commencement on October 5, 2018.
In Buxar, the team was joined by 500 volunteers of Ganga Task Force and Ganga VicharManch. They also engaged with more than 3,800 students from various schools and interacted with 1,000 community people. ‘Mission Gange’ team organised a Prabhat Pheri with 250 participants to spread cleanliness message. A Ganga aarti was also held at the Ramrekhaghat.
‘Mission Gange’ team will be in Patna from October 28 to October 30. They will be conducting cleanliness drives at various ghatsand visit various schools in the city. The team will also participate in a Swachta rally being organised at Gandhi Maidan.
‘Mission Gange’ is a joint initiative of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) and National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to raise awareness about waste management and Ganga cleanliness through a month-long rafting expedition. The expedition, covering 1,500 kms of the Ganga and encompassing eight major towns including Haridwar, Bijnor, Farrukhabad, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, and Buxar, will conclude in Patna on October 30, 2018. The 40-member team from Tata Steel is led by MsBachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest and Chief of TSAF.
TSAF has brought together a diverse and industrious team of 40 individuals (20 women and 20 men) including eight mountaineers (Bachendri Pal, Premlata Agarwal, Hemant Gupta, R S Pal, ChetnaSahoo, Binita Soren, Poonam Rana, Swarnlata Dalai) who have summited Mt. Everest, and 23 Tata Steel employees. Besides, professionals from backgrounds as diverse as engineering, environmentalists, science etc. are part of the expedition team that is prepared to meet all the challenges that they may encounter during the expedition.
The team, during its stay in various towns along the course, will carry out cleanliness drives at Ghats and surrounding areas, visit schools and institutions to create awareness on waste management, pollution in Ganga and climate change.