Rishikesh, October 13: Sant Gopal Das, who is on an indefinite fast to save river Ganga has been admitted to AIIMS in Rishikesh after his health deteriorated. Gopal Das, who hails from Gohana in Haryana, has been observing fast for the past 111 days now in different parts of the hill state Uttarakhand. The saint in currently undergoing a treatment at the hospital.
Reports inform that Gopal Das had stopped consuming water since Friday as a part of his indefinite fast, due to which is condition further worsened. The incident comes two days after activist GD Agarwal, who was on an indefinite fast since June 22 urging the government to clean river Ganga, died at the AIIMS hospital in Rishikesh. River Ganga Will Be Completely Clean by March 2020, Says Nitin Gadkari.
Agarwal died after a nearly four-month hunger strike which he began in late June. The noted environmentalist had a heart attack and as the environmentalist had pledged his organs, his body has been donated to AIIMS. He took an indefinite hunger strike to pressure the government to take a series of actions to rejuvenate the Ganges. Time, Money and Right Approach Needed to Clean Ganga.
However, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), under its Namami Gange Programme, is confident about accomplishing its task of rejuvenating and conserving the mighty river Ganga by 2020. In an interview to ANI, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General of National Mission for Clean Ganga, said since the launch of Namami Gange Programme, many pro-active steps have been taken to clean up the river, which boasts cultural, religious and economic significance.