Ganga water unfit for drinking, bathing: CPCB

Ganga

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has said that the water of the River Ganga is absolutely unfit for “direct drinking.”

Out of 86 live monitoring stations installed in locations from where the river flows, only 7 spots have been found to be fit for drinking after disinfection process whereas 78 have been found unfit.

Not just this, most of the Ganga River water in the Uttar Pradesh-West Bengal stretch is unfit for both, drinking and bathing.

Out of the total live monitoring stations installed, only 18 spots have been found to be fit bathing while 62 have been found unfit.

The 78 monitoring stations where the river water was found unfit for drinking and bathing include Gomati river in Bhusaula-Bihar, Kanpur, Gola Ghat in Varanasi, Dalmau in Raebareli, Sangam in Allahabad, Ghazipur, Buxar, Patna, Bhagalpur, Howrah-Shivpur in West Bengal and others, news agency PTI reported.

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Bhagirathi at Gangotri, Rudraprayag, Devprayag, Raiwala- Uttarakhand, Rishikesh, Bijnor and Diamond Harbour in West Bengal are the six spots which have been to be found to be fit for drinking after disinfection process.

Bhagirathi at Gangotri, Rudraprayag, Devprayag, Raiwala- Uttarakhand, Gharmukhteshwar, Rishikesh, Bijnor, Aligarh and others, including four spots in West Bengal are the areas which have found fit for bathing.

A map released by the CPCB shows high level of coliform bacteria in the river water.

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