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Over 16 tonnes of waste cleaned by 'Mission Gange' team

Prayagraj/Allahabad, October 23, 2018

~ More than 6500 locals and students join hands with team ‘Mission Gange’ at Prayagraj/Allahabad ~

The team ‘Mission Gange’ that has been receiving an overwhelming response since inception, at the end of the fifth stopover in Prayagraj (formerly Allahabad), collected over 16 tonnes of waste, taking the total waste cleared from River Ganga to 40 tonnes since the start of the mission on October 5.

At Prayagraj, where the team camped between October 19-21, the cleaning drive was undertaken at VIP Ghat, Triveni Sangam Ghat, Dashaswamedh Ghat with the support of over 200 local volunteers.  The Mission Gange team also interacted with over 5,000 members of the local communities to spread awareness about Government of India’s Clean Ganga Mission (Namami Gange) at the Civil Lines and Subhash market.  The team, led by Ms. Bachendri Pal, the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest and Chief of TSAF, also visited a 14 million litres-a-day sewage treatment plant in the holy city of Prayagraj.

Mission Gange is a joint initiative of Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) and National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to raise awareness about waste management and Ganga cleanliness through a month-long rafting expedition. The expedition, covering 1,500 kms of the Ganges and encompassing eight major towns including Haridwar, Bijnor, Farrukhabad, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, and Buxar, will conclude in Patna on October 30, 2018. 

The cleaning drive by Mission Gange shows what can be achieved with the support of local communities and the youth.  The 40-tonnes of waste collected from River Ganga so far highlights the challenge in keeping the holy river clean. With three more stops left before this month-long mission ends, we are confident of reaching out to thousands more and making the mission a big success for all,” said team leader Ms Pal.

As part of its outreach program, the team took part in a colorful Ganga aarti at Sangam and painted the wall at Boatclub to leave a mark on the city about team Mission Gange and the message it aims to put across.

Earlier this month, the team had camped at Haridwar, Bijnor, Farrukhabad and Kanpur to clean the River Ganga and spread awareness around the National Clean Ganga mission.

Prior to the expedition kickoff, Mission Gange team met and interacted with the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on October 4, 2018 in New Delhi.

The team has reached Varanasi for the sixth stopover where it will be carrying out cleaning and awareness campaign until October 24.

TSAF has brought together a diverse and industrious team of 40 individuals (20 women and 20 men) including eight mountaineers, who have summited Mt. Everest, and 26 Tata Steel employees. Besides, professionals from backgrounds as diverse as engineering, environmentalists, science etc. are part of the expedition team that is prepared to meet all the challenges that they may encounter during the expedition.

The team, during its stay in various towns along the course, will carry out cleanliness drives at Ghats and surrounding areas, visit schools and institutions to create awareness on waste management, pollution in Ganga and climate change.

About Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF)
Founded by legendary mountaineer Ms. Bachendri Pal, first Indian woman to climb Mt Everest on May 23, 1984, Tata Steel Adventure Foundation is an outbound leadership institute which through its wide range of activities aims at developing able leaders for the future through identification of their limits of mental and physical endurance. It allows people from all walks of life and all ages to choose their own metaphor for self-discovery. True to its philosophy of experimental learning, TSAF believes that no classroom is better than nature and no teacher is better than your own will.

In addition to the TSAF outbound leadership program, several other courses are conducted by TSAF like horse riding, parasailing, water sports, sports climbing, rock climbing, and many others. Each course is a certification course thereby giving a sense of fulfillment and achievement at the end of it.

About Tata Steel
Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 27.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) as on March 31, 2018. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $20.41 billion (INR 133,016 crore) in FY18. Tata Steel Group is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000. Tata Steel retained Industry Leader position in FY18 and ranked second overall in the DJSI assessment, 2017. The Company has been recognised as the Climate Disclosure Leader in ‘Steel category’ by CDP (2017). Besides being a member of the World Steel Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel was felicitated with several awards including the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2014-15 and 2015-16, Best Risk Management by CNBC TV18 (2018) and ‘Corporate Strategy Award’ by Mint (2018). The Company also received the ‘Most Ethical Company’ award from Ethisphere Institute for the sixth time (2018), Steel Sustainability Champions (2017) by the World Steel Association, Dun & Bradstreet Corporate Awards (2017 & 2018), Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award by Institute of Directors (2017) as well as 'Asia's Best Integrated Report' award by the Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards (2017), among several others.

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