ONGC launches ‘Cleanathon Himalaya’ to clean three important tributaries of the Ganges


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ONGC inks Memorandum of Agreement with IMF for cleaning three source tributaries of the Ganges in Uttarakhand during Swachh Bharat Pakhwada

Posted On:  26 Jul . 2017
ONGC launches ‘Cleanathon Himalaya’ to clean three important tributaries of the Ganges
 

ONGC inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) today at ONGC Urja Bhawan for cleaning the Himalayas as part of the Swachh Bharat Pakhwada. Aptly titled ‘Cleanathon Himalaya’, this innovative CSR programme of ONGC aims to clean three source tributaries of river Ganga viz. Bhagirathi, Alaknanda and Pindari.

The campaign was flagged off in the presence of Mr DD Misra, Director (HR), ONGC. Mr SSC Parthiban, ED- Chief CSR- ONGC, Col H S Chauhan, President IMF, Dr Alka Mittal, GGM Head CSR ONGC and other senior officials from ONGC and IMF were present during the MoA signing ceremony.

ONGC inks Memorandum of Agreement with IMF for cleaning three source tributaries of the Ganges in Uttarakhand during Swachh Bharat Pakhwada. The campaign is part of a unique initiative of ONGC to take Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to the Himalayas. (From Left) Dr (Mrs) Alka Mittal, GGM Head CSR -ONGC, Mr D D Misra, Director (HR), ONGC, Col H S Chauhan, President IMF and Mr SSC Parthiban, ED-Chief CSR during the MOA signing ceremony

The cleaning of source tributaries of the Ganges has been undertaken by ONGC to take the Government’s flagship cleanliness programme to the Himalayas – A first by any corporate.

Launching the current edition of the programme running into its fourth phase, Shri D D Misra, Director (HR) said “Today, we have launched 4th Phase, under which we aim to clean the source and catchment areas of 3 important tributaries of Ganga in Uttarakhand i.e. Bhagirathi, Alaknanda and Pindari”.

Shri Misra said that the programme is a part of the ‘Swacchta Pakhwada’ drive of the Government of India beginning from 16th to 31st July, 2017 and ONGC remains committed to play an active role in the Swacch Bharat Mission of the Govt. of India.

ONGC is planning to make this effort a perpetual “Total Clean Himalayas” campaign with a view to ensure the cleanliness and revitalization of the most unique symbol of our eco-system – the Himalayas.

ONGC is partnering with Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF), as part of a unique CSR initiative, to remove the hazardous garbage/waste generated by tourists at different tourist spots of Himalayas. In the three Phases completed so far, ONGC has covered important peaks and glaciers of Himalayas in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Arunachal Pradesh.

The total cost of this project will be Rs 35.4 Lakhs with each expedition consisting of 8-10 member teams. The duration of each cleaning expedition will be 23 days which will start from July 2017 and will be completed by December 2017.

In his introductory remarks, Mr SSC Parthiban, ED- Chief said that the efforts made by CSR group of ONGC and ably supported by the top management has led to a collaborative effort between ONGC & IMF as part of Swachhta Pakhwada drive of the MoPNG beginning from 16th to 31st July, 2017.

With innovation being the key CSR driver, this ONGC project titled “Cleanathon Himalaya” will leverage on the competencies of both ONGC and IMF in initiating a cleanliness drive across the upper reaches of the mighty Himalayas.

Project Locations:

The cleaning expeditions will be carried out in the following three source tributaries of Ganga.

1. Bhagirathi River: Gangotri-Chirbasa-Bhojbasa-Gaumukh-Tapovan Base Camp (22 km.)

2. Alaknanda River: Mana-Laxmi Van-Chakrateertha-Neelkanth Base Camp (25 km.)

3. Pindari River: Kharkiya-Khati-Dwali-Pindari-Base Camp (21 km.)

 

Source: Times of India 

 

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