Drains choking Ganga

Drains choking Ganga

More than 40,00km long drains and subsidiaries stretched over 5,000km carrying industrial and urban waste of dangerous level while directly falling into the 1,300km long stretch of the Ganga are choking the holy river and stalling all efforts to rejuvenate it.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Namami Ganga' project, aimed at reviving the river, would remain a non-starter if the root causes of rising pollution are not addressed and innovative methods not deployed, states a report (in possession of TOI) prepared first time by the UP's irrigation department.

Among the rivers merging into the Ganga, Ram Ganga, Kali Nadi Poorva, Kali Nadi Pashchim, Hindon, Gomti, Sai and Yamuna have a very high level of biological oxygen demand (the amount of dissolved oxygen needed by biological organisms in a water body to break down organic material).
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