GD Agrawal threatens to shun water; fast for Ganga continues on 75th day


New Delhi, Environmentalist Prof GD Agrawal (Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand) who has been on hunger strike for past 74 days for demands related to the Ganga, has threatened to shun water-intake in the next phase of the stir if the Centre continued to show "apathy" towards his demands. The 87-year old activist sat on the fast in Kankhal-Haridwar on June 22 living only on regulated intake of "Ganga-Jal", for raising demands of enactment of the Ganga Protection and Management Act and halting works on hydro-power projects along the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. Dissatisfied over the government's "total apathy" and aloofness of various political parties and the common man, the IIT professor-turned-sanyaasi has conveyed to his associates of stopping water consumption soon if the government continued to show indifferent attitude towards his fast, River activist Dr Rajendra Singh who is actively supporting Agrawal's agitation, said. Mr Singh, popularly known as 'Waterman of India', has requested the fasting saint to end his 75-day long hunger strike for the sake of his life. Talking to UNI over telephone, Mr Singh said "I have requested Swamiji to end the fast for keeping alive the issue of the Ganga. Since the Government totally ignoring the stir, we are required to gear up for a long drawn struggle for the holy cause and hence can not afford to put Prof Agrawal's life in danger". Since start of the hunger strike the octogenarian has lost more than 16Kg and his health has been falling, he said."Day before yesterday noted Gandhian activist PV Rajgopal also called on Prof Agrawal at his ashram in Kankhal and counseled him for ending his fast and then prepare for next round of agitation", Singh said.