Left Menu
Development News Edition

GD Agarwal died at 86 in Rishikesh hospital after begins fast for pollution-free Ganga


Veteran Environmental activist GD Agarwal died at a Rishikesh hospital on Thursday, 111 days after he began a fast for a pollution-free Ganga. He was 86.

Agarwal, who began his hunger strike on June 22 demanding government measures to save the Ganga, died of a heart attack at the All India Institute of medical Sciences in Uttarakhand's Rishikesh, its director Ravi Kant said.

The activist was admitted to hospital on Wednesday after he even gave up water.

Local authorities imposed section 144 of the CrPC, which bans the assembly of people, around the venue of the protest and he was picked up and taken to the hospital.

Dr Ravi Kant said Agarwal suffered from a hernia, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease and the fast worsened his condition.

G D Agarwal, also known as Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand in his later years, had been a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur and served on the Central Pollution Control Board.

He was protesting against hydroelectric projects on the Ganga's tributaries and had demanded a law to protect the river.

Earlier, he had rejected a plea from Haridwar MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank to end the fast, following assurances on his demands from the Centre.

Agarwal had been campaigning for the Ganga for several years and undertook a similar fast earlier as well.

A day before Agarwal died, Union Water Resources and Ganga River Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari said almost all his demands had been met and he had written a letter to the activist to give up his fast.

On Tuesday, the Centre came out with a gazette notification stating the minimum environmental flow that is to be maintained at various locations on the Ganga.

Gadkari said draft legislation on protecting the Ganga had also been sent to the Cabinet for approval

Reacting to the Ganga crusader's death, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh said an "insensitive government" was "waiting" for him to die.

Senior Congress leader and former environment minister Jairam Ramesh expressed anguish over the activist's "martyrdom".

"He was an indefatigable crusader not only for Nirmal Ganga but also for Aviral Ganga (free-flowing Ganga). It was my privilege and good fortune to be able to implement some of his important suggestions to ensure uninterrupted flow in the Ganga and its tributaries in Uttarakhand," Ramesh said.

A few years ago, the activist adopted Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand as his name.

As he continued the fast continued, on September 9, Agarwal announced he will give up water in October.

The National Mission for Clean Ganga officials then talked with him and Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed support for his cause. Agarwal had pledged his organs for medical research at the AIIMS in Rishikesh, the hospital director said.

(With inputs from agencies.)

Download The Devdiscourse News App for Latest News.


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Beware! Maximum cyber criminals eye your personal data

A report of the World Economic Forum revealed that cyber security is increasingly becoming an issue of public security as the majority of cyber criminals are increasingly targetting individual internet users. This requires preventive measur...

WEF 2020: Trump seems politically correct in pulling out from Paris Agreement

If the survey of the World Economic Forum WEF is believed, Trump seems to enjoy the confidence of his people in flaying climate intuitions and climate activists. His preference for economic development over environmental protection not only...

From home to healthcare, here are Robotic innovations transforming lives

Lovot is equipped with more than 50 sensors such as thermography, microphone array, obstacle detection, and touch sensor to generate motion and emotions in real-time....

Translating words to deeds: Achieving gender parity in access to financial resources

... ...

Videos

Latest News

Florida Panthers to host 2021 All-Star Game

The Florida Panthers will host the 2021 NHL All-Star Game, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Friday. Florida hosted once previously, in 2003. That was the first time a shootout decided an NHL outcome, won by the Western Conference 6-5. Th...

TDP MLC Jagadeeshwara Rao alleges house attacked by YSRCP workers, files police complaint

Telugu Desam Party TDP MLC Budha Naga Jagadeeshwara Rao has filed a police complaint, alleging his house was attacked by YSR Congress Party workers on Thursday. In his complaint filed with Visakhapatnam district Superintendent of Police A B...

Golf-First hole at Torrey Pines bites Woods again

The first hole on the Torrey Pines South Course tripped up Tiger Woods once again on Friday in the second round at the Farmers Insurance Open. After hitting his approach shot to 25 feet at the par-four hole, Woods shockingly four-putted for...

Right decision by Centre to hand over Bhima-Koregaon case to NIA: Devendra Fadnavis

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that the Central government took the correct decision to handover the Bhima-Koregaon case to the National Investigation Agency NIA as this will expose the urban Naxals. It i...

Give Feedback