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Green Kumbh initiative must continue even after the mela, says Swami Chidanand Saraswati

Even as lakhs of devotees took a holy dip at the Sangam on Paush Purnima on Sunday, Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, the force behind the Clean Ganga campaign, expressed his satisfaction over the ongoing ‘Green Kumbh’ initiative. Terming it a “great beginning” to a clean and green Ganga, the organiser said the change was visible on the second ritual bathing of this Kumbh.

Pollution levels rose alarmingly in the river Ganges in Allahabad on the first day of the Kumbh Mela festival, according to a study by the state pollution control board.

ALLAHABAD: Taking up the cause of freeing Ganga from pollution, Australian national Andrew Turner, 45, will swim against the current of the river. At Sangam along with his family and friends from Australia and Canada, Turner is launching from Thursday a boat built by himself and named Karuna to ferry pilgrims free.

Participating in the mega Maha Kumbh again was a long cherished dream for Andrew and his companions since they attended the first pilgrimage way back in 1989. Andrew had tried to be there for Maha Kumbh in 2001 but could not make it.

ALLAHABAD: Agitated over high levels of pollution and shallow water in the holy Ganga, the Shankracharyas, seers and Dandi swamis, along with all the akaharas, are all set to repeat the feat of 2010 Mahakumbh of Hardwar — boycott the next 'Shahi Snan' on Mauni Amavasya scheduled for February 10.

These saints, on Friday, threatened that if the situation remained unchanged, they will not bathe in the next Shahi Snan. The alarming condition of the holy river, besides instigating saints to boycott the Shahi Snan, has become the poll plank for various political parties in the forthcoming general elections of 2014.

On the eve of the first ritual bath of Mahakumbh, which started over a week ago, a group of pilgrims from Bangalore spot a body in the Ganga where it meets the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.

“It was a grim sight ahead of the Mahakumbh. We looked the other way. What could we do?” said Santosh Lal, on her third Kumbh visit. Another body was fished out of the river at another spot the same day.

By going through the factors responsible for the failure of Ganga Action Plan (GAP), the parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment and forests has doubts if the Prime

Sangam (Allahabad): Even as Shankracharyas, seers and Dandi swamis along with akharas have threatened to boycott the next ShahiSnan of MauniAmavasya on February 10 in view of the "poor health" of the Gnaga, Mela authorities on Saturday claimed that about 2,000 cusecs of water is being released from the Narora dam every day the Ganga.

Officials here maintained that the Ganga has enough water to take a holy dip and if the excessive water is being released into the river, there are chances that all the 19 temporary ghats will be washed away.

ALLAHABAD: Alarmed over the ever increasing level of pollution in the Ganga, especially in the backdrop of ongoing MahaKumbh and TOI publishing news on the deteriorating condition of the river, plu

The Maha Kumbh Mela, considered the largest public gathering in the world, will be the subject of a case study at Harvard University, which will study the logistics and economics behind it and the “pop-up mega-city” that comes to life in Allahabad during the religious event.

A team of faculty and students from Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), School of Design, Harvard Business School, School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Global Health Institute would travel to Allahabad for the project 'Mapping India's Kumbh Mela'.

ALLAHABAD: Agitated over high levels of pollution and shallow water in the holy Ganga, the Shankracharyas, seers and Dandi swamis, along with all the akaharas, are all set to repeat the feat of 2010 Mahakumbh of Hardwar- boycott the next 'Shahi Snan' on Mauni Amavasya scheduled for February 10. These saints, on Friday, threatened that "if the situation remained unchanged, they will not bathe in the next Shahi Snan".

The alarming condition of the holy river, besides instigating saints to boycott the Shahi Snan, has become the poll plank for various political parties in the forthcoming general elections of 2014.

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