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Model River Revival System-Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan

"Model River Revival System-Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan" held at Regional Community Science Centre Vadodara with National Bioshiled Society on 20th March 2015

The "Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan" is receiving support from experts from within country and abroad. Hon'ble Ex-President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, while releasing conceptual project report on Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan said "It's a noble effort and it can be 'model river revival project' for rest of the small rivers of the country".

Community Science Centre Vadodara is involved in various awareness and action based activities among schools, villages and urban areas for this abhiyan. In the continuatrion of the effort, a National Round table meeting was organized by the National Biosheild Society (NBS) and Regional Community Science Center Vadodara (CSC Vadodara) on 20th March, 2015, that was chaired by Dr. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor to GOI. The other special Invitees of this program were Dr Ravider Kaur, VC and Director, Indian Council on Agriculture Research, GOI, Prof. Enrico Drioli, International Expert on water treatment through Membrane Technology, (Italy). Swami Jeetendranand Saraswati, National General Secretary, Ganga Mahasabha, Shri Vinay Tiwari (Ganga Abhiyan), Dr. N.C. Patel, VC, Anand Agriculture University; Dr. Narottam Sahoo (Advisor, GUJCOST, DST, GOG), Rajmata Shubhanginidevi Raje Gaekwad of Vadodara, The Collector and DM Vadodara Mrs. Avantika Singh, Shri Nikhileshwaranandji Maharaj and many other experts from universities, delegates from Municipal Corporations, Councilors, Offices of Panchmahal, Vadodara and Bharuch districts and leading Professional Organizations and NGOs. Most of the leading organizations and institutions of Central Gujarat have participated in this interactive deliberation.

In a heartening note the Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt. Anandiben Patel to Dr. M.H. Mehta, Chairman, National Bioshield Society, mentioned that "Some where in our march of progress and development we have become unjust and indifferent towards purity and cleanliness of


our rivers. It requires a lion heart to accept our own misdeed and get ready to rectify them". She conveyed her best wishes for a successful meet, with a wish that the proceedings and deliberations will help in finding potential solution to the problem. She mentioned that "The initiative of the institution (NBS) 'Model River Revival System-Vaho Vishvamitri Abhiyaan' is a very well conceived plan which symbolically represents the concern of Indian Citizens towards the status of rivers and their welfare. I heartily congratulate you all for organizing visionary and potential programs". Similar messages were received from the Water Man of India Shri Rajendra Singhji, Shri. B.N. Navlawala, Advisor, Water Resources to CM, Gujarat, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Earth Sciences, GOI who have been supporters of this work since its inception.

Inaugurating the Round Table, Dr. R. Chidambaram congratulated the excellent initiative. He emphasized that all rivers, big or small, have similar problems and Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan is a great collective effort of all people, experts, Government and Non-Government Institutions, school children and farmers. It is an excellent model for most other rivers in the country.

The Round table started with viewing of award winning film "Nadi ki Kahani, Boondo ki jubani" a film developed locally under the Abhiyan, which later received a national award too. Later, Dr. Mehta oriented the participants about the Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan.

The present Round Table Meet- First of its kind in the country– was divided into three sessions:
1. River Water Systems
2. Bio-Shield
3. Waste Water Treatment

The meeting was concluded with the following recommendations / action plans :

1.The model Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan is a holistic model for River Revival. It is a doable project and should be taken up for implementation.

2.It is recommended that the state Government of Gujarat makes necessary administrative arrangement like creation of Vishwamitri Development Authority with necessary authority, resources and clear mandate for the holistic development of this important river.

3.It is recommended that the Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan team should work closely with Ganga Abhiyan team for the similar demo model Assi River. A special joint meeting should be organized with Ministry of Water Resources, GOI in this regard.

4.It is strongly felt that the Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan- a holistic model is applicable for most of the rivers in the country and should become the national demonstration model.

Participants with designed model     Dr. R. Chidambaram with his message
       Participants of National Round Table Meet 'Model River Revival System Vaho Vishwamitri Abhiyan'
Vadodara Collector, dignitaries and experts      Dr. Mehta and Dr. Chidambaram