Patna/Jamshedpur, 30: Mission Gange, a unique drive to clean our pious river Ganga and spread awareness about cleanliness in public and private places in the country, drew to a close today after removing 55tonnes of waste from the Ganga over the last four weeks.
The mission, a joint initiative of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) and National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) saw massive public participation of around 60,000 students and local community members fromeight locations and three states.
The 40-member team of Mission Gange that had started this unique campaign from Haridwar on October 5, covered 1500 kms of the Ganga flowing through three states in the country and finished the final leg in Patna today, where the team was received by Aditya Prakash, DDC Patna. In Patna, the team removed 2tonnes of waste and reached out to 3,000 students and 5,000 local community people to raise awareness about the Government of India’s two major cleanliness mission:NamamiGange (Clean Ganga) and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India).
Mission Gange team leader, Chief of TSAFand India’s first woman to scale Mt Everest, Ms.Bachendri Pal calling the mission a huge success and thanking all the participants for their unstinting support said, “While we were quite aware of the challenges of this campaign, we underestimated the support we ended up receiving at each of the eight stops enroute. We are overwhelmed by the response. Many in our team have had experience of climbing Mt. Everest and they will tell you that cleaning the Ganges is as challenging, if not more.” Seven of the MissionGange’s 40-member team have touched the summit of Mt. Everest.
Earlier this month, the team had camped at Haridwar, Bijnor, Farrukhabad, Kanpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi and Buxar before ending the campaign in Patna today.
Prior to the expedition kickoff, Mission Gange team met and interacted with the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on October 4, 2018 in New Delhi.
Congratulating the team T. V. Narendran, CEO& MD, Tata Steel said, “Tata Steel, as a responsible corporate promotes several outreach programmesfor the benefit of the community. We are delighted with the successful completion of the Mission Gange and the scale of awareness on cleanliness and respect for the environment it has been able to accomplish across the route it traversed. I congratulate Bachendri Pal, her team and thank all the Government establishments who have contributed to make the mission a success.”
Congratulating the team and all the participants on the success of the mission, Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel and Chairman, TSAF said, “We are very proud of the team led by Bachendri Pal for the successful completion of Mission Gange. The success of this mission is reflected in the tremendous participation and the engagement of the community and stakeholders over the last one month across the route of the mission. The success of Mission Gange reaffirms our faith in collaboration with the Government bodies to promote awareness around issues of importance for the community and improvement in the quality of life. I would like to thank all stakeholders who have contributed to the success of this mission.”
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 26 Tata Steel employees. Besides, professionals from backgrounds as diverse as engineering, environmentalists, science etc. were part of the expedition team that is prepared to meet all the challenges that they may encounter during the expedition.