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River Ganges needs to be protected to serve future generations
After going through an article on the river 'Ganges' in India and its present state of affairs, it is high time something good should be done to make this holy river free from pollutants.

CHANGING THE mindset of millions of people who adore this river and its water is again the need of the hour and the best way is to educate them so that the future generations can continue to embrace to love and worship this river without being threatened in any manner from any health hazard.  Numerous pollutants are presently going into this river and therefore many people caring for the society are concerned that ‘water borne diseases’ could become a menace for the future for those people who depend on this source of water on a daily basis.

Going this, a lot of debate and action has been initiated in cleaning up this river Ganges but the results are not truly encouraging. Concerned officials are requested to be guided by some sort of strict code of code or agenda, a few of which are summarised as follows:

1. The holy place Varanasi should be given a top face lift and the best way of doing it is by allowing as many electric companies as possible to produce electricity in this town so that the town can boast of generating surplus electricity.

2. Mandate electric crematorium for both human beings and pet animals so that only the remnant ash could be scattered in the river water which will be least pollutant, based on strong ritual belief.

3. Prohibit effluent of industrial waste going into this river water and channel the same into something different. The general waste are being dumped on landfills earmarked for the purpose; similarly construct some sort of big tanks where all the industrial waste can be deposited instead of routing them to the river water. ( It will be interesting to note that in developed countries like the U.S.A, eighty five percent of on-site waste water disposal systems are through septic systems.  They treat waste water by allowing anaerobic bacteria (those that live in the absence of air) to digest organic materials, while allowing scum and sludge materials to separate from the waste water.  Wastes that the bacteria cannot digest are filtered and removed from the effluent in a soil absorption system. More on this subject could be found out inviting experts’ opinion).

4. Prohibit washer men community from washing their clothes in big numbers in this river water and provide them with alternatives like accessing heavy duty washing machines installed at numerous places at affordable subsidised. These machines can look forward to running on electricity which would be massively produced. Manufacturers of washing machines will get a solid boost from manufacturing view point and these machines should be supplied to the washer men community at subsidised rates. After washing the disposable water should be collected separately by vans for discharging them into separately built septic tanks.

5. Idol immersion should be encouraged only if idols are rich in clay material and environment friendly organic colours without any usage of synthetics. Perhaps, a law need to be mandated (or existing law to be modified) to allow idol manufacturers to prohibit using of synthetic or any other substance which could be harmful for the environment; once idols are submerged in the river waters it should get dissolved easily and samples frequently tested to see if the water is contaminated or not.

6. Provide round the clock security checks (including private security) to ensure that people do not take their pet animals for giving them a bath in the river water. Prohibit animals being taken to the river for bathing purpose and create infrastructure for giving them bath separately and make provision for routing the discharged to separate tanks created for this purpose.

7. Once the above code of conduct is established for action, government machinery must devote all its resources in cleaning the river through the latest available technology so that they get cent percent encouraging results with the assurance that through the above suggested methods, the river water would remain in its best usage form for all times to come.

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