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Kali Bein is one of the important rivulets in Punjab, India. With a length of 160 km, it emerges from a spring near Hoshiarpur, flows through Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi, to meet the Sutlej near Harike Pattan.
The first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev used to take dip in the stream. During all religious occasions, the people of Punjab will dunk in this river for purification. It was believed that Guru Nanak Dev had begun his holy march to deliver the word of God, from the river's bank.
The 6 years long efforts of Sant Balbir Singh Sancherwal which started in July 2000 has revived the river that had been neglected and misused. In the reign of Akbar the river was brick lined and the Gurdwara at Sultanpur Lodhi stands on its banks.
Yet in 2000, it was a mere sewage. Villages and towns had been dumping their waste and a railway factory in Kapurthala, its effluents. Weeds and debris made it a cesspool. That’s when Sancherwal jumped in for a different kind of dip: to awaken the people. He began cleaning it single handedly until his example and narrations of history, drew hundreds of followers to the task.
Today, the river’s banks have been raised, inflows of waste, plugged, the river-bed desilted and flowering plants alid along its length. Kali Bein is clear and - flows! UNI reports that, in the next few months President Kalam is to visit the river to honour Sant Sancherwal.
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