Available bacteriophage in Ganga water has ability to defeat Covid19 virus: finds BHU scientists

Dark clouds loomed large over India as the number of COVID-19 cases is exponentially increasing. The whole world is in a state of shock after the novel coronavirus pandemic impacted lakhs of people’s lives.

Meanwhile, Eminent river engineer and former professor of civil engineering at IIT in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Prof. U.K. Choudhary has claimed that the judicious use of river technology can help resolve the Coronavirus crisis as well as the plight of the Ganga river. According to BHU professor, available bacteriophage in Ganga water has the ability to kill the Covid-19 virus.

Choudhary, who is also founder of Ganga Research Centre at IIT (BHU), said: “The Ganga water contains a significantly higher proportion of bacteriophages – a kind of virus that kill bacteria. Our ancient scriptures like Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads say that Ganga jal is medicinal water. Scientists later found that Ganga water has bacteriophages capable of killing pathogens.”

Explaining further, he said, “Let us analyze the source of bacteriophages. If we take three rivers of Himalayan origin having sources at different heights -the Ganga (Gomukh), Yamuna (Yamunotri) and the Sone river, we find the colours of waters are different. The whitish colour of Ganga water, greenish colour of Yamuna water and the brownish colour of Sone water is also indicative. As Gomukh is the highest among the three, its water comes from lowest depth of aquifer as compared to Yamunotri and Sone river,” he explained. Thus, the quality of river water is proportional to height of origin point. This defines the genetic character of Ganga water. The balanced flow of this water in entire length of the Ganga defines the medicinal property of Ganga water,” he stated.

Prof Chaudhary said that the bacteriophages in the Ganga can prevent the spread of coronavirus through soil, water and air.

He suggested that the idea is to preserve the medicinal value of Ganga water and to use it to fight Corona. He said that this can be done by opening the gates of all the dams and barrages in a way that the discharge through each is similar to the water at Gomukh. In this way, the concentration of bacteriophage will be enhanced in Ganga water making it more effective against pathogens.

It has also been reported 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 during the lockdown. You will be surprised to see such a clean Ganga after shutdown.

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