Vrindavan: Eco-activists of the Yamuna river, from Delhi to Agra in Uttar Pradesh, brings to fore that the state government and Centre have failed to control pollution and free the flood-plains from encroachments to save the river.
Spiritual leader of Vrindavan Goswami Sri Vats said the stake-holders must come together and the devotees of Sri Krishn-Radha should work together for a better “cleaner and greener” Braj area.
The activists said in the name of development, only concretization of the landscape was being promoted.
In the process, the water bodies, the dense forests, and the ancient ghats have all disappeared, the activists opined.
“This is resulting in a freak weather, abrupt rains or dry weather or hail storms. We are moving on a suicidal course,” said Jagan Nath Poddar, convener of the Friends of Vrindavan.
The saints and seers of the Braj area, the learned spiritual leaders, ISKCON members, artistes and musicians of the area collectively demanded urgent and firm steps to conserve nature and restore the ecological balance.
Even as the Centre and the state governments are trying to find a solution to the menace of stubble burning, an innovator from Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur claims to have developed a cost effective solution. Ganga Ram Chauhan has invented a bicycle-based shredder machine which can crush and grind elements, including wood, leaves and crop remains into particles of less than 80 mm size. These particles can then be easily converted into compost. The machine costs only around Rs 5,000-6000, he says.
“A scientist Mita Tarafdar asked me to develop a machine for zero waste management. Stubble burning was an issue that I had always wanted to deal with. So I developed a bicycle-based shredder machine. Crushed particles of the crop residue can be turned into compost and farmers will not require any chemical fertiliser. They can sell their bio crops and vegetables at higher prices,” said Ganga Ram Chauhan.
Senior principal scientist Mita Tarafdar, from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur (CSIR-NML), said that the machine was kept at the centre and can be improvised to benefit farmers and also check pollution due to the stubble burning.
The 50-year-old Ganga Ram Chauhan constantly keeps innovating and was awarded by the Yogi government in 2018 for his innovations.
He had developed ‘bogie-rickshaw’ for school children in the year 2000, and has been inventing many useful machines ever since.
“My father was a plumber in Gorakhpur. I am not a science graduate, but technology and invention run in my blood. I had invented a bicycle which can be cycled very easily and its rear tyre does not wear out fast. My invention was approved by the CSIR- NML Jamshedpur and I was awarded for the same by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth last year,” he said.