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‘Save Ganga’ crusader Agarwal dead

first_imgG.D. Agarwal, 86, who was on a fast to save the Ganga, died following a heart attack on Thursday. Formerly a professor in the civil engineering department at IIT-Kanpur who had adopted the name Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand, the environmentalist was vocal on disallowing hydroelectric projects in Uttarakhand along the Ganga.In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June, he declared his intention to go on a fast as several of his demands had not been met.Agarwal’s key demands included a special law to deal with pollution and encroachment on the Ganga, and maintaining the environmental flow of the river to prevent pollution. He was subsisting on a diet of honey, lemon and water and, according to a senior official in the Water Ministry who was abreast of his activities, had given up water in the last week.“He was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, and succumbed to a heart attack,” the official told The Hindu.last_img read more