Thousands of Indian people throng the Ganges River everyday. This river is considered Holy and is worshiped by the Hindus. While this Holy River is extremely beautiful, the sad fact is that, it has become a hole of pollution.
Chemicals, left over flowers, untreated sewage,cremated remains all this and much more are found in this river. People taking a bath, washing their laundry are quite familiar sights here. Cows and various animals wade through the water. All such things have lead to the growth and development of microbes that cause various diseases. Moreover the presence of a leather industry close to the river, adds to the pollution. Various chemicals including chromium is leaked into the river. Additional burden is placed on the river by tonnes of untreated sewage. US researchers and biologists have stated that the Ganges has become a place where genetic material transfers and creates new pathogens.
The river provides for water for many people in the region. However due to its current polluted state, people are susceptible to various waterborne diseases caused.
Researchers in conjunction with Indian government labs took samples of the water for testing purposes. E.Coli bacteria was found. This bacteria is responsible for various illness including causing kidney failure, dysentery, food poisoning, and in certain extreme cases, it could also lead to death.
So, what can be done in order to cure this polluted river? It’s important that the Indian government and authorities and realize the importance of taking immediate action. It’s essential that the water needs to be treated in order to prevent people from falling ill and spreading diseases. Involvement of the highest authorities of the country is important. Further educating the people in order that they don’t contribute to the already existing pollution is another aspect. Certain things like washing clothes, feeding cattle should be strictly prohibited. While this may not reduce the already existing pollution, it will definitely ensure that no more waste is added to the polluted waters.
Polluted or not, the Holy Ganges is a place where people will continue to visit, due to the religious significance attached to it. It’s critical that authorities take action now, or the condition is only going to worsen.