MAD Youths Efforts to Revive the Dying Streams of Dehra Bring Hope

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Thursday, 06 February 2014 14:51

To bring change, passion and a streak of MADness in needed. Dehradun is fortunate to have a number of such MAD people. On June 8th 2011, a few of Dehradun's socially conscious youth got together to form an NGO and named it MAD ( Making a Difference by Being the Difference). The purpose was to bring about a difference by being the agents of change. Since their formation, MAD has undertaken many activities towards a cleaner and better Doon. They mostly meet on Sundays and take up causes like cleanup drives, food distribution drives in slum areas and also conduct awareness programs throughout the city. On June 8th, 2013, to commemorate two years of their formation, MAD organized a marathon with the theme to save the dying streams of Doon Valley . At this ocassion, they presented a flex to the then Union Cabinet Minister, Water Resources, Mr. Harish Rawat urging him to deploy a taskforce to assess the possiblity of reviving the dying streams of Doon Valley like Bindal, Rispana, Susava and Tamasa among many others.

After becoming the new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on 1st Feburary 2014, Mr. Harish Rawat has acted upon MAD's long standing demand for formulation of a revival plan for the drying streams of Doon Valley. He has requested the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) Roorkee to submit a report in two months' time. Moreover, three Nodal Officers have been appointed to look after the clean up drive of Rispana and Bindal rivers. The officers will submit a detailed report to the District Magistrate and Vice Chaiman of MDDA regarding the expenditure involved to carry out the operation. Mr. R Meenakshi Sundaram, the VC of MDDA has said that the funds for cleaning up the Bindal and Rispana rivers will come from MDDAs Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Fund. This is indeed a very welcome step towards a cleaner Doon and proof that efforts by socially conscious citizens bring about big changes.

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