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Soon River Ganga Might Not Reach the Ocean

For Hindus, the Ganga is both goddess and river. The soul is liberated (moksa) by bathing in the waters of the Ganga or being cremated on her banks. Millions of people come to her banks to attain ‘moksha’ but sadly not even one percent of those millions are interested in the health of Ganga. A new global study by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has included River Ganga in the world's top 10 rivers at risk.

Fast receding rate of feeding glaciers due to global warming and pollution is the prime reason for the potential death of Ganga. The report says that Gangotri, the feeding glacier of Ganga, is receding at nearly 21 meters per year. Excessive extraction of water and industrial and religious pollution fastens the pace of fresh water crisis.

Around sixty percent of the flow of River Ganga is diverted for irrigation purpose. The higher level toxins in the Ganga is affecting agriculture, livestock and human beings. The high level of pollution is already threatening the livelihoods of people along its banks. If immediate preventive measures are not adapted to lower the pollution rate, the livelihood crisis will only deepen.

The pollution has taken its toll on the endemic species of Ganga. Dolphins in the Ganga are the most endangered species. Fishes like hilsa, koi, pangash and bacha are affected by the high level of pollution.