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Mahayatra to save dying rivulet

Ranchi, June 17: A voluntary organisation, political parties and eminent individuals in the capital have joined hands to save Harmu.

They have chalked out a lengthy programme to save the choking rivulet. Former minister Bandhu Tirkey took the initiative to organise a pathalgadi (fixing of stone) at Lalgutwa, the origin of the rivulet, yesterday. Pathalgadi is a symbolic way of establishing possession.

The rivulet is currently at the mercy of Prabudh Nagar Sahkari Grih-Nirman Samiti, a co-operative housing society. On June 13, The Telegraph had reported how construction work initiated by the housing body was choking a stream of Harmu at Jamaria Dohor.

Vikas Bharati Bishunpur, a body that has pledged to protect the rivulet from drying up, has decided to launch a Mahayatra on June 24. “We will walk from Shaheed Chowk to Harmu Mukti Dham,” said Lalan Sharma, who is co-ordinating the movement.

Ranchi Municipal Corporation deputy mayor Ajaynath Shahdeo is, meanwhile, encouraging Lalgutwa youths under the banner of Harmu Nadi Bachao Samiti. “We will clean the silt accumulated in riverbed,” he said.

Another problem plaguing the rivulet is illegal occupation of land by individuals around the river.

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