NEER strives to bring back rivers of Western Uttar Pradesh, back to their lives
which were earlier the lifelines of the region. This is being achieved through awareness
creation among the community living on the banks, implementing pollution control
measures and advocating with the government bodies responsible for the safeguard.
The organization has also taken the lead to prepare the first policy draft of river
polity for Uttar Pradesh, for the government to formulate a policy based on the
It has made potential contribution for putting focus on highly polluted Kali River
(E), Ganga River, Kali River (W), Hindon, Krishni, Naagdev & Budhi Ganga. A mass
campaign had been launched wherein ‘Raksha Samitis’ and ‘Nadi Rakshaks’ have been
appointed in the villages located on the banks of the rivers. A documentary has
been produced on the extent and causes of the pollution of the pollution and the
foundation is in the process of documenting the historical importance, present situation
& future of these rivers in the form of a book which would be published soon.
Due to flowing polluted waters of Hindon and its tributaries, underground waters
of villages established on banks of these rivers has also turned poisonous. Several
villages are witnessing water borne diseases. Many deaths have been reported caused
by deadly diseases caused straight to polluted water consumption. Even some farmers
still use these polluted waters for irrigating their crops due to unavailability
of alternate water source, which has caused presence of banned Persistent Organic
Pollutants in the field soil and crops.
In year 2006, NEER team conducted a detailed study of the Hindon River stretch upon
which Hindon’s first map was formed successfully. It was submitted to official authorities
who are referring the same map till date for its planning and policies. Recently,
a cleanliness drive was conducted of about 15 kms stretch of the river, which involved
hundreds of community volunteers, activists and officials of the city departments.
The volunteers cleared the river manually and paved way for the standing waters
to flow and come back to life. The campaign went about for 50 days for the successful
implication under Nirmal Hindon Abhiyan.
The Kali River East, a tributary of the Ganges originating in Antwada village in
Muzaffarnagar District flows through eight Districts of Uttar Pradesh before its
confluence with Ganga River near Kannauj. The river has over 1,200 villages situated
on its bank and the highly populated and pre-dominantly rural catchment is entirely
dependent on the Kali River as a water resource for domestic, agricultural and industrial
use while the untreated groundwater is the primary source of drinking water. Many
articles and reports have been published in Hindi and English news dailies reflecting
on the River and its condition by NEER.
Along with WWF India, a project was undertaken to study the quality of the Kali
River throughout its catchment, comparing the deterioration of the river water quality
and groundwater quality, within the span of twelve months. Also, to study the extent
and movement of pollutants in aquifer due to intense contamination of surface water
and placing the water quality analysis data on the GIS platform.
Mr. Raman Kant (NEER Foundation) has also taken up responsibilities as East Kali
River Waterkeeper to safeguard the river body. Waterkeeper Alliance, which is based
out of Manhattan, U.S.A., unites all Waterkeeper organizations, coordinating and
covering issues affecting Waterkeepers that work to protect rivers, lakes and other
water bodies around the world. He attended the Annual conference of WKA in years
2017 & 2018 held in U.S.A where East Kali River Waterkeeper also won the top best