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Holy river Saraswati a victim of official apathy
It appears that holy river Saraswati is about to lose its past glory beyond redemption. Though certain water projects were announced by Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to revive the river but those schemes could find a place only in official papers.

ACCORDING TO Hindu mythology, rivers like Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are sacred. In a bid to revive the glory of Saraswati river, the Haryana government in 2005 innaugurated a water project in Adi pilgrimage area in Yamuna Nagar, but unfortunately the project was never completed.

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Vinod Shastri, a priest told NNIS: “In 2005, the Chief Minister of Haryana, Bhupinder Singh Hooda had started a water project; there is no clean water and river doesn't flow here; the situation is deteriorating day by day. People in the area are using the river bank to dispose off their waste.” He also added that the administration is not paying attention to this issue.

When local people raised voice over this issue, the representatives of administration arrived just to fulfill their obligations, as apart from this they have done nothing on the issue. They work only for fame and to highlight their name in media.

“It is a big issue to revive the river Saraswati and it can't be done on a developing ground. There are many religious concepts attached with the people. As far as I understand, I think it cannot be solved by administrative approach. There is a need to have cooperation of all the stakeholders," said Sumedha Kataria, Additional District Collector, Kurukshetra.

There are different departments under which the work of reviving the river was distributed; in fact they tried to work under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, but the condition remained the same.

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