Centre asks states to stop people from dumping bodies in Ganga

12 May 2021

Centre asks states to stop people from dumping bodies in Ganga

The Centre on Tues asked states on the Ganga to confirm strict vigilance and check future incidences of individuals marketing bodies within the watercourse and its tributaries.

In a letter to District Ganga Committees that square measure chaired by district magistrates or collectors, the National Mission for Clean Ganga -- the body that monitors rejuvenation of the watercourse and its tributaries -- conjointly asked the authorities to dispose unidentified bodies of suspected Covid-19 victims in accordance with safety protocols.Ensure strict vigilance on length of the watercourse at intervals territorial jurisdiction of the district to forestall and check such future incidences of individuals marketing dead bodies in Ganga and its tributaries and of the other activity risky for watercourse Ganga and health and hygiene of the realm," NMCG Director General Rajiv Ranjan Mishra aforementioned within the letter to the chairpersons of the committees.

It has conjointly asked them to submit Associate in Nursing Action Taken Report (ATR) to the NMCG within the next fourteen days, the letter aforementioned.

Mishra aforementioned marketing of bodies/partiallydumped bodies/decomposed remains not solely causes pollution within the watercourse, however is additionally insanitary and will increase the chance of spreading infections in communities inhabiting the banks of rivers.

The letter was written to the states when bodies were noticed floating in Ganga and Yamuna in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh over the past 2 days at a time once the country is grappling with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Bihar government aforementioned altogether seventy one bodies are fished out from the river in Buxar district, wherever these were found floating within the watercourse, triggering suspicion that the abandoned corpses may well be those of Covid-19 patients.matter of unfortunate case of floating mortal remains in watercourse Ganga...The bodies have floated into Bihar from UP," said Jha, adding, doctors have confirmed upon post-mortem that the deaths had taken place "four-five days" agone.

He aforementioned Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was displeased at each the tragedy further because the "harm" to watercourse Ganga.