We have an initiative Hindon River Waterkeeper under Nirmal Hindon Initiative,
where along with volunteers and activists, programs are undertaken for restoration
of the waters of the Hindon.
Hindon River was supposed to be originating from forests of PurkaTanda village in
Saharanpur village but according to British Gazetteer and Satellite mapping, it
points the origination from the Kaluwala village at Shivalik mountain range in Muzaffarabad
block of Saharanpur district. Upon this information, NEER team along with other
Hindon River Waterkeeper volunteers, started a journey to find out true origination
of the river and its condition, in year 2017. It was found that infact the information
was correct. It passes from districts Saharanpur, Muzafarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat
and Ghaziabad travelling for 355 kms before finally meeting the Yamuna River at
forests of Momnathal village situated about 500 m from Tilwada village in Gautambudhnagar
district. There are about 865 villages situated near Hindon and its tributary rivers.
According to Uttar Pradesh Water Dept, 1215.43 MLD of sewage is produced from Saharanpur,
Muzafarnagar, Budhana, Baghpat, Meerut, Gaziabad and Noida city which is transported
through 68 drains. About 450 MLD of this sewage is being filtered in different city
systems but rest 765.43 MLD is unfiltered due to unavailability of sewage treatment
system. All of it is disposed in Hindon River and its tributaries.
Recently, a cleanliness drive was conducted of about 15 kms stretch of the river,
near village PuraMahadev situated on the borders of Meerut & Baghpat district. It
involved hundreds of community volunteers, activists and officials of the local
departments. The volunteers cleared the river manually getting rid of dense growth
of Jalkumbhi plants 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 Initiative.