Though, issues among communities are at stake but diminish when it comes to cleanliness. A small town in Uttar Pradesh, Maholi in Sitapur district has something different to represent. It sets an example that how communities join hands to clean up a river in UP.
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According to a report, a temple, a mosque, and a gurdwara have come together to clean a river, bringing their communities together. Situated about 100km from Lucknow, there lies an old Shiva and a Radha-Krishna temple along with Pragyana Satsang Ashram and a mosque, all at a stone's throw of each other.
Why Communities Join Hands to Clean Up a River in UP?
Along the periphery of this temple, passed a polluted river called Kathina
and merged into the highly polluted river, Gomti
. Due to no awareness in a village, people used to dump garbage here. Thus, river stinks too much.
Swami Vigyananad Saraswati, head of the Pragyana Satsang Ashram, who inspects the river stretch along with Muhammad Haneef, head of the mosque's managing committee told IANS,
"Once the communities came together, the number of volunteers multiplied. The initiative has now become a kind of an environment-movement which is being driven by religious fervour and bonding. Watching our efforts, the local administration also offered help, and other unions like traders and Sikh gurudwara committee also joined hand for cleaning the river,"
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India is a land of multiple religions. The work for cleaning river starts from March 14 by the joint Hindu-Muslim team. Further, Sikh gurdwara committee has contributed much in cleaning the river with 'sewa'.
Thus, one of the kindest things ever happened is that communities join hands to clean up a river in UP. Salute!