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Ganga water unfit for bathing at Allahabad, Varanasi

DELHI

The water quality of Ganga river at Allahabad and Varanasi, two holy places where millions take a dip, is most unfit for bathing purposes, the Centre informed the Supreme Court.

Water becomes unfit for bathing if the biochemical oxygen demand (BoD) level exceeds 3 mg per litre. In fact, in the entire stretch of the river from origin point Gaumukh till it meets the sea, Allahabad is the most polluted point and most unfit for bathing with BoD level at 6.4 mg/litre.

No wonder solicitor general Ranjit Kumar, who was informing a bench of Justices T S Thakur and R Banumathi about the Centre’s mega plan to clean Ganga, found it difficult to take a bath at Allahabad. He said the water appeared so polluted and dirty that he did not enter it at Sangam.

Full report here Times of India

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