Save rivers for future generations: Governor

LEH: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday remarked that it should be the primary concern of people to save rivers for future generations. He said rivers have big contribution in the development of great civilisations.

Governor make these remarks while inaugurating the grand celebration of day-long ‘Sindhu Darshan’ festival’ at Sindhu Ghat, Shey Smanla here on Friday.

“An initiative was taken by the then Union Minister L K Advani who started ‘Sindu Darshan’ with an objective to signify role of river Sindhu in shaping culture of this region,” Governor said and underlined the need for making the event a 3 to 4 days ‘Sindhu Mela’ which he said would give opportunity to people from all over the world to experience rich culture of Ladakh.

Governor noted that river Sindhu has remained cradle of many civilisations since time immemorial. Citing a book on Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, he said Sindhu has also been a reason to avert many wars due to its fierce flow for months together. “India has got its name from Sindhu and our ancient history is rooted in the Indus civilisation.” He said and stressed on the need to repay by honouring the river.

Governor also praised the people of Ladakh for their “honesty, hospitality, humbleness and peaceful nature”. “There is a great scope to learn such virtues from Ladakh,” he said and expressed his commitment to fulfil the developmental aspirations of Ladakh.

“Recently created administrative division and a cluster university for Ladakh, airport for Kargil are few steps in this direction,” Governor said and assured balanced development of Leh, Kargil and Zanskar. He said the divisional offices will be established in Leh and Kargil without any discrimination and on need basis.

Secretary Tourism Rigzin Sampheal in his speech highlighted various initiatives taken for giving boost to the tourism sector in Ladakh.

Deputy Commissioner Leh Avny Lavasa gave vote of thanks and expressed gratitude to Governor for gracing the occasion with his presence.

Among others present on the occasion were Gyal P Wangyal, Dy Chairman, LAHDC, Leh; Chering Dorjey, MLC; Saugat Biswas Divisional Commissioner Ladakh; Maj Gen Arvind Kapoor, Chief of Staff, 14 Corp; Councillors of LAHDC, Leh; heads of religious, social and political organisations.