Jamshedpur October 3: The team members of ‘Mission Gange’, a Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) initiative in Partnership with National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) have reached Delhi and are 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 expedition will be led by India’s first woman to scale Mount Everest and Chief, Tata Steel Adventure Foundation, Bachendri Pal, recipient of Padma Shri and Arjuna Award.
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.
Speaking on the occasion of the Joint Press Conference held by Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) and NMCG in New Delhi today, TSAF Chief and Mission Gange Expedition leader Bachendri Pal said, “Our expedition is inspired by Government of India’s Namami Gange mission, which has been a very important step towards cleaning the Ganges that has been a life-supporting river for millions in our country. The aim of our expedition is to reach out to as many people as possible, heighten the awareness around keeping this great river clean and make a movement out of the Mission that had started four years ago.”
Speaking on the occasion Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, NMCG said, “During the month long expedition, the team will stop at all major locations and carry out cleaning drives in concert with NMCG Stakeholders like Ganga Vichar Manch, Ganga Prahari, District Ganga Committee, local voluntary organisations and people from all walks of life. Awareness campaigns will be conducted in schools to sensitise them towards Ganga cleaning. Events such as ‘Ganga Chaupal’ will be conducted along the Ganga to create conversations between stakeholders.”
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.
The cleaning and awareness drives will be carried out at the river ghats along the way, the details of which are as follows:
Haridwar – Oct 5-7 – Har Ki Pauri
Kanpur – Oct 15-17 – Bithoor Ghat
Allahabad – Oct19 -21 – Sangam Ghat
Varanasi – Oct 23 – 25-Raj Ghat
Patna – Oct 29-30 – Kali Ghat & Gai Ghat
Mission Gange Activities
• Cleaning Drives
• Awareness in School
• Involving Local NGOs
• Ganga Chaupal
• Knowledge sharing through social media
• Municipalities have agreed to help us with the required resources and disposal of the collected waste.