Veteran water conservationist Rajinder Singh, better known as Waterman, on Monday called upon the Union Government to put a ban on building of dams across the Ganga

Rajinder Singh, on Monday appealed to the Union Government to take effective steps to restore the Ganga's sanctity.

Addressing spiritual leaders and civil society members at Raj Ghat here, Mr. Singh, who heads Ganga Mukti Sangram, said the campaign will continue till the Union Government stops the proposed building of 39 dams across the sacred ancient river which is revered by all Indians. He said it was not a one-day event but a long journey.

A number of activists fighting for the Ganga pledged to launch a nation-wide campaign against the Centre for failing to implement the promise made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take all possible steps to clean the river.

Activists expressed concern over the Ganga increasingly becoming polluted and said something urgently needs to be done about it. The shrinking of the river and accumulation of garbage along its banks have worried not only environmentalists but all those who draw sustenance from it. Earlier, an all-religion prayer meeting was held at Raj Ghat.

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