Hyderabad: Spiritual guru Jaggi Vasudev, founder of Isha Foundationwhose ‘Rally for Rivers’ which would cover 7,000 km across 16 States, reached Hyderabad on Wednesday. The spiritual gurusaid, “If we do not act now and leave the rivers as they are for another ten years, it would take 150 years to rejuvenate the rivers. However, if the process begins now, in the next 10 to 15 years there would be a considerable rise in water in the rivers as well as the ground”.
The rally is aimed to create awareness and garner support from over 10 crore people through the campaign to protect rivers in the country.The rally started on September 3 and covered Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Pondicherry, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking to the media, Sadguru said that pollution was not difficult, but political will was. He saidthat the comprehensive policy based on the recommendations of an expert committee of scientists, lawyers and experts would be submitted to the government. One of the main features of the draft policy is to plant trees on a kilometre-wide stretch on river sides, he added.
Happy with work of Telugu speaking states
When asked about his observations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the Sadguru said that he was happy to note that AP government is planning to promote 70 per cent of agriculture to horticultural crops and the development of ponds and lakes in Telangana is bound to show results in the next five years. He also said that N Chandra Babu Naidu, Chief Minister of AP was keen to implement the ideas even before the parliament passes a bill.
Sadguru said, “I am pleased to see so many cold storages on the highway in AP. In India, 60 per cent of the fruits, 30 per cent of grains gets wasted for lack of storage.” He went on to add, “contrary to popular belief, it is not the water that supports the trees but it is the other way around.”
A meeting to highlight the importance of the rally would be held at Gachibowli stadium at 6 pm on Thursday and the Chief guest would be E S L Narasimhan, Governor of Telangana and Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao will be the special guest. M M Keeravani, music composer would also grace the occasion.