Restore the Serenity of the Ganges River

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Vineet Chitturi started this petition to Government of India and

The Ganges, or Ganga is a river flowing through India and Bangladesh. This river originates from the Gangotri Glacier, in Uttarakhand. To Hindus, the Ganges is the most sacred body of water in the world. , and it is worshipped as the Goddess Ganga. 

However, the Ganges is considered the sixth most polluted river in the world. The pollution not only poses a danger to humans, but also to animals. The Ganges is home to approximately 140 species of fish, and 90 species of amphibians. Industrial waste, as well as religious traditions, causes the majority of pollution in the Ganga River. 

As the bank of the Ganga is home to many industrial cities such as Kanpur, Varanasi, and Patna, chemical plants, distilleries, hospitals, etc. contribute to the pollution of the Ganges by dumping untreated waste into it. Religious traditions further contribute to the pollution of this sacred river. Over 70 million people bathe in the Ganga, often leaving food items, clothes, etc. in the river.

Multiple of initiatives have been undertaken to clean the Ganges, all have failed. Since July 2016, almost Rs.3000 crores has been spent to clean the river. Some measures, such as the following could be taken up to ensure the proper treatment of this holy river:

  • A proper sewage treatment should be installed to ensure that no sewage is entering the Ganges. 
  • Spread awareness about the degrading condition of the Ganges.
  • Introduction of soft-shelled turtles for pollution abatement.

References:

Black, George, and William Dalrymple. “What It Takes to Clean the Ganges.” The New Yorker, www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/25/what-it-takes-to-clean-the-ganges.

“Pollution, Solution and Ganga Revolution.” Ganga Action Parivar | Clean Ganga. Green Ganga., www.gangaaction.org/actions/issues/.

Lodrick, Deryck O., and Nafis Ahmad. “Ganges River.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 1 Nov. 2019, www.britannica.com/place/Ganges-River.

Press Trust of India. “Ganga River Water Unfit for Direct Drinking, Bathing: CPCB Report.” India Today, 30 May 2019, www.indiatoday.in/india/story/ganga-river-water-unfit-for-drinking-bathing-1538183-2019-05-30.

 

 

 

 

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