Human chain to prevent pollution at Khadakwasla Dam !
Pune : Young men and women go to water reservoir after playing with colours on the days of ‘Dhulivandan’ and ‘Rang-panchami’ causing water pollution. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and other like-minded organizations undertook a drive on 21st March to prevent such pollution of water. HJS activists and members of other organizations made a human-chain around Khadakwasla water reservoir under this drive. They were holding banners on which matter was written about ‘Dharma-shaastra’ of ‘Holi’ and ‘Rang-panchami’ festival; besides matter about protection of the environment. Employees of ‘Cummins India’ also participated in this drive. The drive was successfully undertaken even this year, like last 16 years. Young men and women were not allowed to get into the water at the reservoir after playing with colours. Many citizens commended the drive including police and local administration. HJS has been extensively undertaking such drive by creating awareness amongst people for prevention of wrong practices followed during the celebration of these festivals.
Young men and women smeared with colours come for bath near Khadakwasla Dam on the days of ‘Dhuli-vandan’ and ‘Rang-panchami’. If they are allowed to enter water, it causes water pollution on large scale and which can be harmful for people’s health. HJS, Sanatan Sanstha, local residents of Khadakwasla, Water-irrigation Department, Cummins India Ltd and other like-minded organizations have been jointly undertaking this drive and even this year, ‘Khadakwasla water reservoir protection’ drive was totally successful.
The drive was started on the day of ‘Dhuli-vandan’ by H.B.P. Vidyanand Sangale Maharaj performing ‘puja’ of picture-frame of Shrikrushna and breaking a coconut. Dy. Sarpanch Sou. Smita Mate of Khadakwasla, Shri. Dhondibhau Bhagavat of Irrigation Department, Shri. Shankar Raikar, a social worker, Professor Vitthal Jadhav of Sanatan Sanstha, Shri. Parag Gokhale of HJS and other devout Hindus and activists of pro-Hindu organizations were present on the occasion.
H.B.P. Vidyanand Sangale Maharaj said while inaugurating the drive, “HJS has been undertaking such drive for past 16 years for protection of Dharma and creating ‘Dharma-jagruti’ which is commendable. True ‘Rang-panchami’ is to be played in colours of chanting God’s name and removal of ‘Shad-vikaar’. All Saints have sent message about protection of environment.”
Shri. Shantaram Mate, former President of ‘Tanta-mukti Sanghatana’ and Dy. Sarpanch Sou. Seema Mate also lauded HJS drive. Shri. Parag Gokhale explained the purpose of undertaking such drive while Professor Vitthal Jadhav of Sanatan Sanstha explained the ‘Dharma-shaastra’ of celebrating ‘Holi’, ‘Dhuli-vandan’ and ‘Rang-panchami’.
1. Assistant Police Inspector Smita Patil paid visit to the venue of this drive and said that after police, HJS was doing good job. This drive was undertaken spontaneously therefore, it was important.
2. A group of students from G. S.P. M. Narhe College had joined this drive.
3. Many people lauded and supported HJS drive.
4. Prayer was offered to ‘Jal-Devata’ before start of the drive.
5. Many people raised their hands to show support to HJS drive.
6. Sanatan’s book and ‘sattvika’ products were also displayed at the venue.
Drive to be undertaken even on 25th March 2019
Similar drive will be undertaken even on 25th March i.e. the day of ‘Rang-panchami’ from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. It was also announced that ‘Getting down in water is prohibited and action will be taken against people violating the rule.’
It is the 17th year of this drive and it has been successfully undertaken for 16 years by HJS and Sanatan Sanstha for protection of environment and preservation of national property. There is a considerable decrease in malpractices due to awareness created amongst people towards this matter and such drives undertaken for the purpose. When a shadow of drought is looming large over the State, causing water-pollution by getting into the reservoir is unpardonable. HJS has made an appeal that all citizens, including police and local administration, should join this campaign undertaken for preventing water pollution and prevention of other wrong customs followed in celebrating such festivals.