Haridwar, January 6
Quarrying issue has become a major issue in Haridwar, though it has again been banned in two Ganga embankments by the state government, yet quarrying is still going on unabatedly.

Raising this issue, two teenagers Vasu Singh and Veer Singh today sat on a daylong agitation, demanding conservation of the Ganga river from the ill-effects of quarrying and construction activities going on on the riverbed.
Vasu ,16-year, and Veer 12-year, got inspired from the 27-day fasy observed by Matra Sadan ashram disciple Brahamchari Poornanand Saraswati and another fast being observed at Chandracharya Chowk by social activists.
While talking to TNS, Vasu, student of Shiv Dale Public School, revealed that while going to the school he used to see agitators sitting at Chandracharya Chowk and when he read in newspapers and enquired from his father about them, he came to knew about the damage being done to the Ganga.
“My father introduced me to the social activists and I also decided to contribute to the Ganga.We should do something constructive for saving the river as not only humans but also animals depend on the river water which is getting polluted day by day”, said Vasu.
Veer also held an agitation for four hours as a mark of protest accompanying Vasu. Both young agitators became the cynosure of all eyes with many people stopping at the venue and on knowing about their motive they also supported them by accompanying them.
Social activists JP Baduni, Ajay Sharma and Ashish Gaud said the government and the administration should take a lesson from the youths viewpoint as instead of being concerned about the Ganga, they are having dangerous liaison with the quarrying and builder mafia.
Meanwhile, Matra Sadan ashram has made it clear that it will not give up its anti-quarrying agitation unless they get a written assurance from the Uttarakhand government and the district administration in this regard.
Notably, yesterday the Uttarakhand government via the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, the licence issuing agency for quarrying in the district, prohibited quarrying at two places, Bishanpur Kundi and Bhogpur on the embankment of the Ganga.
The quarrying was opened at these two lots on December 1 against which Matra Sadan staged a massive agitation with Brahamchari Poornanand Saraswati sitting on hunger strike from December 10 onwards.
Matra Sadan head Swami Shivanand made it clear that unless written assurance was given and all sections levied against agitating seer Brahamachari Poornanand Saraswati were taken back, they would not call off agitation.

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