Lockdown impact: Ganga water at Haridwar is ‘fit to drink’ after decades

Haridwar: The lockdown has positively impacted nature in various ways. The water of India’s sacred river, the Ganga, at Haridwar is now ‘fit to drink’.
This happens even as the entire country is practicing social distancing since lockdown to prevent spread of deadly coronavirus.
The lockdown is a blessing in disguise for nature as a clear improvement is being observed in the air quality of the national capital, Delhi, to the cleaner skies across the country.
The industries have been closed down following the lockdown. No effluents are discharged into rivers and water bodies. This has positively impacted on the quality of water of river Ganga in Rishikesh and Haridwar. The water is now cleaner and less polluted, thanks to lockdown.
Reports said after a long time, the water quality in Har-ki-Pauri has been classified as “fit for drinking after chlorination”. The Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB) said all parameters of water assessment in Har-ki-Pauri have improved after the lockdown.
Chief environment officer of UEPPCB, SS Pal, told the media that there is a 34 per cent reduction in human excreta and 20 per cent reduction in biochemicals at Har-ki-Pauri in April.
The chief environment officer said for the first time in recent history, the water in Har-ki-Pauri ranked in Class A after the lockdown.

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