The Save Bharalu Mission Group, initiated by the Rotary Club of Gauhati South, has taken up various initiatives to spread awareness among the public and alert them regarding the current plight and deplorable condition of the Bharalu river.
To focus on the urgency to revive the river, the group has already started an essay competition among school children in two groups.
The first group will be for students from the fifth standard to the eighth standard. The second group will be for students from the ninth standard to the twelfth standard. The first group will write “On Bharalu River” in 700-800 words, and the second group will write on “Bharalu River: Its past, present & our action for its revival” in 1000-1200 words.
Students can write either in Assamese or English. The top 3 entries in each group will be awarded a cash award with a certificate, and the winner’s essay would be published in popular dailies. The rest will get participation certificates. The last date of the competition is October 15, 2021, and the essays are to be mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com.
The group will organise a bicycle rally on September 26, 2021, to celebrate World River Day. The rally, which will start at Jonali, Guwahati, will progress along the banks of the Bharalu to Bharalumukh. The rally will start at 6 am and end around 7.30 am.
Speaking to EastMojo, Dr Rabin Mazumdar, a member of the Save Bharalu Mission Group said, “Many among us have the experience of swimming in the Bharalu River which is unimaginable now. The water was so clear that fishermen used to fish there. I remember there used to be beautiful green coverage from Rajgarh to Zoo Road in 1969, and the clean Bharalu river was flowing through it. But when Guwahati started developing, the river started deteriorating. There used to be no plastic culture in Guwahati before. People used to carry paper bags or some other bags to the market, but now things are different.”
“We want to spread awareness that Bharalu is a river, not a drain, and Guwahati residents should refrain from dumping waste in it.”
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