Haridwar IAS surprised to see such a clean Ganga, Water has become “Amrit” in 30 days of lockdown

The whole world is in a state of shock after the novel coronavirus pandemic impacted lakhs of people’s lives. The speed with which corona is spreading seems unstoppable.

Coronavirus is a hot potato in many countries across the world which is spreading exponentially across the world and is bent upon killing human beings, eliminating them.

Dark clouds loomed large over India as the number of COVID-19 cases is exponentially increasing. It has put the entire world in a lockdown as there is no antidote of this disease so far.

There have been 27,892 confirmed coronavirus cases in India so far, including 872 deaths. So far 6,185 people have recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.

However, amid the lockdown, we have one positive news that the quality of water in River Ganga in Haridwar and Varanasi has improved a lot and the Ganga river has seen a drastic drop in pollution.

Recently, an IAS officer visited the Ganga river in Haridwar where he saw the river neat and clean. The water in the river was so clean that the fishes could easily be seen. Lakh of pilgrims used to visit Har Ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar in order to take a bath and remove their sins in the river. However, it has been closed for the visitors since the government imposed the nationwide shutdown.

IAS officer said that the Ganga is clean and pure today. Fish and other marine life is visible in the water. The ghats are fully clean. We will be happy if it remains in such a state even after devotees’ visit here, he added.

The officer was surprised to see such a clean Ganga and he said that the water has become “Amrit” in just 30 days of lockdown. If the shutdown remains for the next 15 days, the Ganga will surely look like it used to be earlier.

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After the closure

of India, industries have been shut down and people are staying at home. That is the reason why the quality of Ganga river water has witnessed a significant improvement of around 40 to 50 percent in Varanasi.

It is said that 1/10th of the pollution in Ganga river comes from industries. As industries are shut due to lockdown, the situation has become better. We have seen 40-50 percent improvement in the Ganga.

There is a lot of difference when we see the water of the Ganga river today and what used to be earlier. Today, the water looks clean. One of the biggest reasons behind this is that today all factories are closed. People are not taking bath at the ghats. It is good to see that the water of the Ganga is clean as compared to earlier.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.