‘Save Indrani River’ rally launched

‘Save Indrani River’ rally launched

Udupi-based Human Rights Protection Foundation President Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag launches the motorbike rally by pouring milk into the Indrani river at Mukhyaprana Temple in Udupi on Sunday.

A motorbike ‘jatha’ (rally) was organised as part of the ‘Save Indrani River’ campaign on Sunday.

“Udupi will be rid of many problems if steps are taken to prevent the pollution of Indrani river,” stressed Udupi-based Human Rights Protection Foundation President Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag. He addressed a gathering after symbolically flagging off the rally and pouring milk into the river.

The river is the main source of water for eight temple ponds. It is polluted with garbage and sewage from surrounding houses. The river flows through Anajeya Swami Temple, Kodavur. “It needs to be rid of all kinds of pollutants. The river is capable of meeting town people’s water demands,” he added. Indrani River flows for 10 kilometres before joining the sea. The river is joined by tributaries at eight places. Indrani river replenishes water in Madhwa Sarovar.

The water flowing from Sagri and Brahmagiri joins Indrani. Shanbhag blamed the town’s poor underground drainage for the massive pollution of River Indrani.

The underground drainage system in Udupi was designed for a population of less than 25,000. Today the population of the town has exceeded six lakh. Besides underground drainage upgrade, the municipality should also provide an underground drainage connection from Manipal to Indrali.

“Sadly, nowadays, the town is planned and infrastructure is provided much later,” Dr Shanbhag regretted.

The pollution of Indrani river has resulted in the spread of many diseases like Dengue. He said the river, which used to provide water for irrigation, for eight months without interruption, was reduced to the status of a drain.

He urged youth to come forward with initiatives to protect the river. Activist Prakash Malpe blamed people for polluting rivers without realising their value. Shri Panchadurga Parameshwari temple managing trustee Jaykar Shetty said the Indrani river had a history of a 1,000 years.