Govt launches river survey in Ganga to determine population of aquatic life

The Centre has launched the first ever across-the-river survey in the Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life, including that of the endangered Gangetic doplhin. The survey will create a baseline scientific data for the government to take suitable measures to improve quality of the river water, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG). The survey in the Allahabad to Varanasi stretch (close to 250 km) is expected to be launched this week.
A study to figure out fish species’ composition in the 2,525 km river has also been kick-started from Harshil in Uttarakhand. The authority is conducting the survey through Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) under the Namami Gange programme. A specialist in the area, Sandeep Behera, NMCG consultant (Biodiversity Centre), noted with concern the disappearing of Gangetic dolphins, one of the four freshwater dolphins in the world, from the river stretch in Narora to Kanpur due to pollution.

The first leg of the census was launched on March 1 from Narora in Uttar Pradesh to Bijnor (covering distance of nearly 165 km) to establish the number of the national aquatic animal. Counting in the Allahabad to Varanasi stretch (close to 250 km in length) is expected to be launched this week. A study to figure out fish species composition in the 2525-km-long river has been also been kick started from Harshil in Uttarakhand. The authority is conducting the survey through Wildlife Institute of India (WII),, under the Namami Gange programme. A specialist in the area, Sandeep Behera, noted with concern the disappearing of Gangetic dolphins, one of the four freshwater dolphins in the world, from the river stretch in Narora to Kanpur due to pollution.

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