Short Essay on Pollution of Ganga River
The crowded fairs along the Ganga contribute significantly to its pollution. The bacterial counts of the water rise sharply with the arrival of pilgrims. Experiments conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board at the Ardh Kumbha Mela at Prayag in 1981 showed that a 72-hr pre-chlorination programme kept the bacterial counts in check, and this treatment is now recommended for such occasions.
Another suggestion to stabilize the waste systems at initial low costs is to introduce fisheries between municipal outlets of big cities and the Ganga River. Installation of electric crematoria can reduce pollution caused by half-burnt dead bodies thrown into the river.