River Ganga is a living entity
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River Ganga is a living entity

20 Mar 2017 | By NewsBytes Desk

Ganges is now a living entity: Uttarakhand HC

The Uttarakhand High Court has declared that the river Ganges is a living entity.

The court lambasted the Uttarakhand state government for failing to clean up the river effectively.

The court also condemned the Centre for attempting to revive the mythical Saraswati river while existing rivers were suffering.

The court said "the Ganga should be saved for the generations to come."

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Ganga

The Ganga: Introduction

The Ganga is the largest Indian river, spanning 2500-kms; it holds an irreversible, extraordinary importance in the religious lives of Hindus.

Varanasi and Patna, the world's oldest inhabited cities, are located on the banks of this river.

40% of India's population, spread over 11 states, relies on the Ganga for water.

It serves an estimated population of 500 million, larger than any river globally.

Pollution

Pollution in the Ganges

Pollution in the Ganges

The Ganges is one of the most polluted rivers in India. It has high traces of toxic chemicals and heavy metals which were released into it by industries located near the river.

In addition, partially burned dead bodies are left adrift down the river, which then rot and add biological toxins into the river.

It also has among the lowest oxygen-content in Indian rivers.

Clean-up

Cleaning up the Ganga

The Namami Gange programme, or the National Mission for Clean Ganga is a project by the Union Government aiming at 'Ganga Rejuvenation' by merging existing efforts and creating concrete plans for the future.

Maintaining minimum ecological flows, ensuring water quality and sustainable development are some the objectives of the program.

However, these clean-up programs have not had the desired effect, so far.

20 Mar 2017

Ganges is now a living entity: Uttarakhand HC

Fact

The world's first human-river

The first river in the world to be recognized as a living entity was the 145km long Whanganui River in New Zealand on 16 March, 2017. The river enjoys the same rights as human beings.

26 Mar 2017

Activists seek FIR for 'attempt to murder' of Yamuna River

Activists seek FIR for 'attempt to murder' of Yamuna River

An Environmental activist has asked the Agra police to file an FIR against those found guilty of attempting to murder the Yamuna River, now declared a living entity.

He blamed the Agra district magistrate, Agra divisional commissioner and general manager of Agra Jal Sansthan of attempting to kill the river.

He justified his claim saying their negligence was responsible for the river's damage.