People in Mahoba started a `Padyatra' (march) to drum up
awareness for a river
a drought- like situation always looms over Bundelkhand region, hundreds of
people of Mahoba have started a one of its kind `Padyatra' (march) to drum up
awareness for a river which died a slow death over a period of time.
The marathon march, spanning over a 100 Kms, seeks to exhort
people to come up for the cause of a historical river Chandrawal, which flowed
ragingly hundreds of years ago. It is said that the river once stopped Rajput
king Prithviraj Chauhan from capturing a Chandela princess, Chandrawati, after
whom the river was later named.
The walkathon has started from a locality called Chando in
Mahoba from where the river is believed to have originated and is scheduled to
pass through 16 villages adjoining the river course. The awareness march, would,
in all, cover four tehsils of Panwari, Jaidpur, Charkhari and Kabrai in Mahoba.
"The mass awareness about the river is urgent given not only
its historical importance but also the fact that it could quench the thirst of
parched Bundelkhand region," said Manoj Dixit, a social activist and one of the
organizer of the march. "The fear of a drought like situation always looms over
this region. It is therefore only through people's participation that a
permanent solution can be found," he said.
Dixit said that during the march, residents of Mahoba will be
exhorted to come forward for the cause of the river which dried up because of
people apathy. At the same time the activists will be meeting the officials of
the district administration to create mass awareness for the river which may
also prove to be an irrigational boon in the hitherto drought prone region.
Chief development officer, Mahoba, Shiv Narain said that the
district administration is supporting the 'Jan Jagran Abhiyan' to make people
aware about the importance of the said river. "People have found attachment with
the river here," he said, while speaking to TOI. "We are also holding workshop
and awareness camp as well," he said.
Courtesy: The Times of India