Mithi river, much abused by encroachment and pollution, is set to receive a fresh lease of life. In a bid to revive Mithi’s pristine glory, a group of environmentalists from the city, inspired by Magsaysay Award-winning conservationist, Rajendra Singh, formed a core group, christened Mithi Sansad, with 60 members and a five-member coordination committee, for the purpose. “Mithi river, today is dead. Now, it is up to the people whether they want it to remain a river or become a nullah,” he said. Having revived seven dead rivers in Rajasthan, Singh believes the river can still be revived if people forced the government and the local municipal corporation to do so. River eco system can play a vital role in protecting a city from natural calamities like floods. “But mindless development has created a barrier between the river ecosystem and the city. I am not against development, but restoration of the eco system should be the prime concern,” Singh said. Read more at http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1220795