IPCC reports a considerable shortage of water in all river basins of India by the year 2025. World Watch Institute predicts that the Ganges and other rivers in heavily populated India will run dry for a part or all of the dry season by the year 2025.
Tarun Bharat Sangh under the leadership of Dr G.D.Agarwal (Vice Chairman of TBS) launched a nation-wide campaign to maintain an unaffected flow of the river Bhagirathi in Uttarakhand. Dr G.D. Agarwal twice went on “fast-onto-death” to oppose the government polices to dam the river for power projects. To support the “fast-onto-death” Rashtriya Jal Biradari mobilized religious leaders, environmentalists, media persons, political parties, engineers, NGOs, social activists etc to highlight the importance of pollution and encroachment free flow of River Ganga.
The campaign influenced the Government of India (on February, 2009) to designate River Ganga as National river and notify the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGBRA) as an empowered planning, financing monitoring and co-coordinating authority for the Ganga under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.