An Ex Journalist, Dinesh Kr Gautam is one of the most renowned Social Activists who is now living in Ahmedabad. He has left his job and career to restore the river Sabarmati and its Ecosystem through his NGO Drishti Foundation Trust.
In the year 2017, Dinesh decided to do something about the domestic and industrial waste that was killing the Sabarmati River, the river which is considered sacred by many in the city and is also known for its beautifully constructed river Front by PM Narender Modi.
He then adopted an upstream area of River Sabarmati through his NGO Drishti Foundation Trust. Dinesh Kr Gautam had gathered the army of volunteers that was always a key strength of his NGO Drishti Foundation Trust and started working.
The journey started by teaching local people the importance of cleaning the river, enlisting more volunteers, and raising support from Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation,Distt Administration and Irrigation Department. They cleared floating garbage upstream area of River Sabarmati. He also started a public awareness campaign, urging villagers to dispose of sewage somewhere else and not in the river in association with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. With a clean riverbed, natural ecosystem is restored and the river started to fill up with migrated birds once again.
“We have proved that it is possible to restore our rivers to a pristine condition if we all come together. It is the time to do that on a bigger scale,” Said Dinesh Kr Gautam, Founder, Drishti Foundation Trust
Dinesh is working across 7 states – Delhi NCR, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Sikkim, Telangana and Kerala for the upliftment of women and children from the disadvantaged background of the society and is also making the earth safer and greener by planting trees.
After completing his diploma in journalism from the National Institute of Mass Communication in Delhi, Dinesh got a job in a Hindi newspaper. It was then in 1998, he decided to start a free middle school in the state and gave children the education they deserved.
Currently, he is working on Oral Cancer and Dental Hygiene by organizing Camps in various parts of the country.