River Protection Moves

Saryu Roy founded Damodar Bachao Andolan with a few supporters and launched an awareness cum study yatra to assess the extent of pollution of waters of river Damodar on May 29, 2004, the day of auspicious Ganga Dushehara from its origin point to its length and breadth up to Kolkata. Subsequently he repeated the same practice with river Subernarekha in 2005. A group of scientists, and experts with their mobile laboratory accompanied the march and took stock of the pollution in the rivers at various points.

In the year 2010 from Aug 26 to Sept 2 he undertook an awareness march from Amarkantak, the origin point of river Sone to its confluence with Ganges near Patna to highlight the adverse impact Mega thermal power plants on the environment in and around Singarauli in U.P and M.P.as well as shrinking irrigation facility in Sone Command Area of Bihar causing loss of food grain production in large amount. He has covered most of the district towns in Jharkhand to assess the danger on small rivers flowing through the townships due to rampant encroachments of the river regime and untreated flow of civic sewage and drainage inside the river stream.

He is doing his best to rejuvenate the health of small rivers with people’s participation to exert pressure on policy makers and state executives. Much more is needed to be done in this field.