18 years to save the water of Punjab…


A long time of 18 years has passed doing the 'karsewa' of the holy 'Kali Bein'. During this period many ups and downs have been faced but with the determination of people and grace of God, the successes have been accomplished. The 'Karsewa' was started after making a prayer to the almighty at the Gurudwara Ber Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, on the occasion of 'Sangrand of Sawan'(beginning of 'Sawan' month according to Nanaksahi calendar) in 2000. It was the time when nobody could even imagine that the river could be revived?  When Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal started the karsewa of the river at Sultanpur Lodhi  , there was no road or passage to reach the bank of the bein. The area was so much covered with dense and huge 'Sarkanda'( Saccharum bengalens) that even nobody dares to have a look at this side.  Till 2003, the 'karsewa' had given a better shape and appearance to the Kali Bein. It was the result of tireless efforts and hard work done day and night by the people. In 2003 the 'karsewa' was started from village Galowal of district Hoshiarpur, from where the river originates.  Due to the stoppage of the flow of the river, there was the problem of water logging in the area. Its condition improved in a short time.  People coming in a vast number to take part in the karsewa, was a great happening.  As the water of the bein turned clean and pure, it brought the karsewa done by the gursangat into limelight. In 2004, on the occasion of Technology Day, Former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, hailed the karsewa as one of the nine achievements of India, which gave it a worldwide identity and popularity. 
In 2004, Punjab government declared it a holy river. Thus it became the first river which was declared sacred. On 17 August 2006, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam made his first visit to see the karsewa of Holy Bein at Sultanpur Lodhi. In 2007, a 'Hukanama' was released by Jathedar of Shri Akal Takhat Sahib that not a single drop of dirty water should be thrown into the river, intentionally or unintentionally. In July 2008 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam made another visit to the holy bein at sultanpur Lodhi. It was a sign of his close association with the karsewa of the holy bein. In 2008, the karsewa of the holy bein paved the way to the movement to save the water resources of Punjab. In this year a barrage was raised at Kala Sanghian drain , the most polluted drain of Punjab. In the same year, the karsewa was praised by Time Magazine and Sant seechewal was included in 30 'Heroes of Environment' of the world.  An awareness March held in 2009 , marked the beginning of a big struggle against the water pollution in Punjab. During the march, the suffering of people of Rajasthan and Malwa region of Punjab, who are helpless to drink polluted water supplied by Punjab, came into consideration. In 2009, Sant  Kala Sanghian drain, as a protest against the polluted water flowing into the drain. Even the people from Rajasthan participated in the task as they were suffering with deadly diseases like cancer because of the polluted water. In 2015, Uma Bharti, the central minister of water resources, declared it a 'guru asthan' for the cleanliness project of river Ganga. She declared to clean Ganga on the basis of the model of the holy kali bein.In 2017 , recognizing  the karsewa of holy bein , Sant Seechewal ji was honored with 'Padama Shri' by Indian govt. In May 2018, the release of sugar mill fluid in river Beas, which put the aquatic life of the river in danger, highlighted the serious issue of untreated water being thrown into the rivers. The incident made the water pollution a main issue and Sant Seechewal who was fighting a war against the water pollution in Punjab, was also a central point in this hour of crisis as the struggle which was started in 2000 is still continue till 2018. It is the need of the hour to continue the public movement to save the water resources of Punjab and then we can provide pure water and clean environment to our upcoming generations. Remembering the history of 18 years, Let us work to save the waters of Punjab.
Seechewal brought the karsewa of holy bein to the international platform. The karsewa of the holy bein was discussed in the international conferences held at Windsor Castle and Copenhagen. In this war against the water pollution, Sant seechewal made many efforts to bring awareness in the people. Punjab Government appointed Sant Seechewal as a member of Punjab pollution control board. Sant seechewal raised the issue of pollution in Kala Sanghian drain, Chiti bein, Budha Nala and other natural resources of Punjab in the meetings of the board. In 2011 a barrage was raised second time on Kala Sanghian drain, as a protest against the polluted water flowing into the drain. Even the people from Rajasthan participated in the task as they were suffering with deadly diseases like cancer because of the polluted water. In 2015, Uma Bharti, the central minister of water resources, declared it a 'guru asthan' for the cleanliness project of river Ganga. She declared to clean Ganga on the basis of the model of the holy kali bein.In 2017 , recognizing  the karsewa of holy bein , Sant Seechewal ji was honored with 'Padama Shri' by Indian govt. In May 2018, the release of sugar mill fluid in river Beas, which put the aquatic life of the river in danger, highlighted the serious issue of untreated water being thrown into the rivers. The incident made the water pollution a main issue and Sant Seechewal who was fighting a war against the water pollution in Punjab, was also a central point in this hour of crisis as the struggle which was started in 2000 is still continue till 2018. It is the need of the hour to continue the public movement to save the water resources of Punjab and then we can provide pure water and clean environment to our upcoming generations. Remembering the history of 18 years, Let us work to save the waters of Punjab.

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