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Ganga River in Varanasi Turning Green Due to Algae Bloom, District Administration Starts Extensive Survey To Find Its Origin


Varanasi, June 10: With the Ganga river in Varanasi turning inexperienced due to algae bloom, the district administration has began an in depth survey to discover out its origin. District Justice of the Peace Kaushal Raj Sharma has arrange a five-member workforce to look into the matter and submit an in depth report after environmentalists expressed concern over the looks of algae in abundance in the Ganga water, which can hurt the aquatic life in the river.

Sharma stated, “The team will go on a boat of the Jal Police in search of the source of the algae. The team will also examine how algae bloom covered the stretch of Ganga along the ghats. The algae first appeared around 15-20 days ago, which was examined by the officials of the Pollution Control Board.” It turned seen once more in the Ganga water in the final three-four days. Ganga Water Turns Green in Varanasi; Water Can Turn Toxic if Greenish Colour Prevails Longer, Say Scientists.

The district Justice of the Peace has requested the workforce to submit its report with all particulars together with pictures and movies. According to environmental scientists, it may need come from some facet drains or stagnant sources throughout the current rainfall. It will disappear with the rising stream of water. The UP Pollution Control Board officers additionally claimed that the algae bloom is coming to Varanasi from the upstream of the river.

Environmental scientist and chairman of the Malviya Ganga Research Centre at Banaras Hindu University, Prof BD Tripathi stated, “It will disappear with increasing flow of water. If the condition persists for a longer duration, it may cause fish mortality.” “Normally, neurotoxin-microcystin is produced by these algae which may be harmful to other aquatic animals.”

A scientist of the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development, BHU, Dr Kripa Ram stated, “The algae grow due to increased nutrients in the water. During rain, these algae flow to the river from fertile lands. After getting adequate nutrients, they start the process of photosynthesis. Phosphate, sulphur and nitrate are the nutrients that help the algae grow.”

Environmental scientist Prof Vishwambharnath Mishra stated that the ecology of the Ganga is being disturbed for business beneficial properties, which can create critical issues in the long run.

“The construction of a platform in the Ganga near Lalita Ghat has obstructed the flow of water. Due to the growth of algae in the upstream of Lalita Ghat, the colour of water has turned green. The presence of abundant algae in Ganga’s water is not good for people’s health,” he added. A neighborhood lawyer, Saurabh Tiwari, has filed a petition earlier than the National Green Tribunal looking for its intervention in the matter.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jun 10, 2021 08:23 PM IST. For extra information and updates on politics, world, sports activities, leisure and life-style, go surfing to our web site

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