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Collective effort can save our rivers: Seechewal 

Chandigarh: Official apathy, indifference of people and the absence of a sound management policy have aggravated the state’s water woes. Nothing illustrates this than the recent spillage of molasses in the Beas by a sugar mill resulting in an environmental disaster.This incident and other rampant violations by the government over the decades figured in a seminar on “Water Issues and Way Forward” organised by Joshi Foundation and Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) at Panjab University here on Friday.Environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal said it was futile to look towards the government for help and the best way was to make a collective effort. Till providing a clean environment was not a part of a political party’s manifesto, nothing worthwhile could be achieved, he said.Dr Jairup Singh, former VC of Central University and GND University, said heavy metals present in underground water had led to profound changes in human genetics and such abnormalities would affect future generations.Union Minister Vijay Sampla said: “In the race for industrialisation, we have recklessly impacted the environment to the extent that it has posed a danger to human life.”

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