Tuesday, 20 December 2011

{DUU-43} Prof. G.D. Agarwal fast ends 10--7-2008

Prof. G.D. Agrawal ended his 18 days long hunger strike
after getting assurance from Central and state govt.
At 8.30 PM Prof. G.D. Agarwal ended his 18th days old fast in a meeting held at Maharana Pratap Bha
Prof. G.D. Agrawal ended his 18 days long hunger strike after getting assurance from Central and state govt.
wan, where he was continued his fast after coming from Uttartkashi.
He demanded, in his own word...... I strongly believe that at least Bhagirathi upstream of Uttarkashi should be spared of any works that disturb it’s natural flow-regime, ecology, purity or piety and, after brooding over it for several months, I have decided to oppose such works with all the might I have.
Prof.G.D. Agarwal is a distinguished scientist, first Member-Secretary of the Government of India’s Central Pollution Control Board, former Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at IIT Kanpur and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
He starts his fast from 13 June, 2008 in Uttarkashi city at Manikarnika Ghat on the bank of Bhagirathi. After 4 days of his fast State Govt. of Uttarakhand has closedown Bhairon-Ghati HEP and Pala-Maneri HEP. Then he moved to Delhi to continue his fast in front of Central Govt.
Mr. Shyam K. Gupta, the coordinator of Bhaghirathi Bachao Sankalp said in a press that commitment made by the Govt. of Iindia, due to the kind & prompt intervention of the Prime Minister’s office & the declaration of the Govt. of Uttarakhand to ensure perennial environmental flow in the river Bhagirathi. Dr. G.D. Agrawal agreed to break his 18 day old fast today.
The letter dated June 30, 2008 issued by the Director (Hydro) Minister of Power, Govt. of India said....
.................I am directed to say that the Government of India commits itself to suitable ensure perennial environmental flow in all stretches of river Bhagirathi.
I have to infrom you that the Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC has been directed to constitute a high level expert group, including your nominee, to examine the various technical issues involved in ensuring the required flow in the river alive. The high level expert group will give its report within three months.
we shall invite you for discussion as soon as the recommendations of this high-level expert group are received, in order to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution.
we would request Prof. G.D. Aggarwal to give up his indefinite fast.................
He will take only vegetable not grains for the next three months. He said I will continue my struggle.

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