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River Ganges clean-up gets US$3 billion funding boost

The banks of the Ganges, Varanasi.
The banks of the Ganges, Varanasi. Image by Matt Zimmerman / CC BY 2.0

The clean-up operation on the River Ganges, regarded as one of the world’s most polluted rivers, received a major boost today with the promise of US$3 billion in funding from the government of India. The river, which rises in Tibet and flows through central India, reaching the Bay of Bengal south of Kolkata, is regarded as sacred by India’s Hindu population, and millions of devout Hindus bathe daily in the polluted waters. At one time, the river was home to thriving populations of wildlife, including rare Gangetic dolphins, but recent decades have seen the river poisoned by chemical waste and sewerage. Read more: timesofindia.indiatimes.com