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Polluted Water Keeps Millions of Devotees Away from Ardh Kumbh Mela

Yesterday during Paush Poornima several hundreds of devotees kept away from taking the sacred bath at Sangam, Allahabad, due to the polluted water in GangesRiver. Many people preferred to stay on the banks of Ganga and did not take ‘snan.’ Some decided not to turn up due to the polluted water. Holy Men have threatened ‘jal samadhi’ (suicide) during Ardh Kumbh Mela, if the Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) level of Ganges was not restored.Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) is a measure of the oxygen used by microorganisms to decompose waste.Microorganisms such as bacteria are responsible for decomposing organic waste. When organic matter such as dead plants, sewage, and food waste is present in a water supply, the bacteria will begin the process of breaking down this waste. When this happens, much of the available dissolved oxygen is consumed by aerobic bacteria, robbing other aquatic organisms of the oxygen they need to live. (from k12science)The mela administration is trying to cover up …