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Seechewal: Bein in state of neglect, can’t take award


Seechewal: Bein in state of neglect, can’t take award

Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 10

Citing the continued dumping of sewage and langar waste into the holy Kali Bein, environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal today refused to accept the award instituted by the state government to mark the 550th Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Dev.

While the environmentalist’s name figured on the list of 383 people to be awarded by the government, the latter said he was refusing the honour as mark of angst against the government’s continued inaction in cleaning the Bein.

Seechewal said, “The government’s continued apathy towards the sorry state of the holy Bein does not allow me to accept the award. We have been fighting for the Bein for decades. We had been hoping that a solution would be offered in view of the Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary. However, the government remained unresponsive. Sewage and other waste from Sultanpur Lodhi, Bhalane Dian Colonia and Kapurthala continue to flow into the Bein. The langer waste from Gurdwara Ber Sahib has also been routed via the Bein. Pipes are laid to dump wastes from langar sites to the Bein even as there is a sewage dump near the gurdwara.”

He said despite repeatedly taking up the matter with the government, the latter remained unresponsive.

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