Clean Ganga and rivers of India : Now or Never
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Pollution of the Sacred River Ganges
River Ganges , the scared Hindu river and largest river in India, poses significant threats to human health and the larger environment main cause of water pollution in the Ganga river are the increase in the population density, various human activities such as bathing, washing clothes, the bathing of animals, and dumping of various harmful industrial waste into the rivers. Majority of us have been there and seen it ourselves. People from across the globe have visited Rishikesh and seen it too.
The results of mercury analysis in various specimens collected along the basin indicated that some fish muscles tended to accumulate high levels of mercury. Of it, approximately 50–84% was organic mercury. A strong positive correlation between mercury levels in muscle with food habit and fish length was found.
The Ganges river dolphin is one of few species of fresh water dolphins in the world. Listed as an endangered species, their population is believed to be less than 2000. Hydroelectric and irrigation dams along the Ganges that prevents the dolphins from travelling up and down river is the main reason for their reducing population.
The Ganges softshell turtle(Nilssonia gangetica) is found in the Ganges, Indus, and Mahanadi river systems of Pakistan, northern India, Bangladesh, and southern Nepal. This turtle inhabits deep rivers, streams, large canals, lakes and ponds, with a bed of mud or sand. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, freshwater turtle species are vulnerable. Due to their long lifespan and high trophic level in the aquatic food web, turtles are vulnerable to heavy metals pollution, a major kind of pollution in the Ganges. Some of the dams being constructed along the Ganges basin will submerge substantial areas of nearby forest. For example, the Kotli-Bhel dam at Devprayag will submerge 1200 hectares of forest, wiping out the forest area.[wikipedia]
An analysis of the Ganges water in 2006 and 2007 showed significant associations between water-borne/enteric disease and the use of the river for bathing, laundry, washing, eating, cleaning utensils, and brushing teeth.Water in the Ganges has been correlated to contracting dysentery, cholera, hepatitis as well as severe diarrhoea which continues to be one of the leading causes of death of children in India.
Plastic waste and industrial effluent chokes India's holy river. But the most serious long-term threat to the Ganges is lack of water. For many years, the flow of the river has been continuously ebbing. Activists blame most of the deficit on unsustainable extraction. We cannot forget the efforts of Dr Aggarwal and surely long list of people who demanded clean Ganga.. As, Yet a myth endures that bathing in it, or drinking it, is completely safe though is 6th most dirtiest river in the World and despite various efforts as we saw in 2016 immense funds of Clean Ganga spent but due to Faith In Hinduism, the river Ganges is considered sacred and is personified as the goddess Gaṅgā and worshiped by us Hindus who believe that bathing in the river causes the remission of sins and facilitates Moksha and hence that the water of the Ganges is considered very pure.
I request you all in name of not just Religion , but for better will for Human Race, environment and in wake of Corona to keep next Pandemic at bay.... Please with folded hands I request to sign the petition for requesting to the Government of India our Dear Prime Minister Modi Ji to help Make SOP’s to avoid further damage and ensure industries spent money on controlling pollution waste and people don’t throw flowers, plastic, cloth in the river Ganga and infact also Yamuna, Varansi ghats, Krishna Nagri- Vrindavan too. There should be barricade at a distance from the river and employment for guard and locker system before lockdown opens to maintain what Lord Nature himself has cleaned and given us Clean Ganga Yamuna and all rivers owing to the lockdown to be maintained for our lifetimes and future generations it’s truly now or never.
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