Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh): These men in uniform are on a special mission. Every day, the specially-trained personnel of 137 Composite Eco Task Force (CETF) battalion of the Territorial Army carry out a drill at the Triveni Sangam in Prayagraj to educate and create awareness among the masses on keeping the river clean. Called as `Ganga Task Force’, they organise gatherings at the ghats and on the banks of River Ganga to spread public awareness.
They not only interact with the visitors, but also with priests, vendors and barbers to seek their contribution to fulfil the task of cleaning and rejuvenating the holiest river. As Prayagraj city prepares to hold Kumbh Mela in January 2019, the role of Ganga Task Force turns significant.
Ganga Task Force was approved by the Cabinet under the Public Participation component of the Namami Gange Programme. On March 2016, the first battalion was raised for the National Mission for Clean Ganga and is presently stationed in Prayagraj.