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Owing to heavy rains, swollen Ganga Floods low lying areas in Varanasi

The low lying areas of Alaipur, Chaukaghat, Nakkhighat and Sarainya have been flooded by the Varuna river

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(Representational Image) Varanasi Flood 2013. Image Source: YouTube.com
  • The Ganga has risen by about seven metres in Varanasi district in Uttar Pradesh
  • The river had submerged some temples along the ghats here but was still flowing three metres below the danger mark
  •  Due to inundation on the Dashwasmedh Ghat, temporary arrangements have been made on the roof top of the Ganga Seva Nidhi office for Ganga Aarti, a daily routine

Owing to heavy rains the Ganga has risen by about seven metres in Varanasi district in Uttar Pradesh, while one of its tributaries has inundated some areas here, officials said on Monday.
The low lying areas of Alaipur, Chaukaghat, Nakkhighat and Sarainya have been flooded by the Varuna river, which originates near Bhadohi and joins the Ganga in Varanasi, the officials said.

 

The Ganga had submerged some temples along the ghats here but was still flowing three metres below the danger mark. The administration has taken flood prevention measures and urged people living near the banks of the Ganga to move to safer places.

Flooded low lying areas in Varanasi. Image Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com
Flooded low lying areas in Varanasi. Image Source: economictimes.indiatimes.com

The Manikarnika Ghat, used for cremations, is on the verge of being swallowed up by the Ganga, a resident told IANS.

Due to inundation on the Dashwasmedh Ghat, temporary arrangements have been made on the roof top of the Ganga Seva Nidhi office for Ganga Aarti, a daily routine.

Ensuring necessary safety measures,the administration has banned the small boats and steamers on the Ganga. (IANS )

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  • AJ Krish

    Evacuations should take place before the water reaches the danger mark. Warnings should be issued and the disaster management team must be kept on standby.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This more than normal rainfall will prove not only an advantage but also a disadvantage too. It will increase the flood risks in the country just like in Varanasi.

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  • AJ Krish

    Evacuations should take place before the water reaches the danger mark. Warnings should be issued and the disaster management team must be kept on standby.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This more than normal rainfall will prove not only an advantage but also a disadvantage too. It will increase the flood risks in the country just like in Varanasi.

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Water Quality of River Ganga Gets improved Amidst Nationwide Lockdown

The lockdown has done what other government projects could not do for the Ganga

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The water quality of the Ganga river in Uttar Pradesh has improved considerably in cities like Varanasi and Kanpur. Wikimedia Commons

The national lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19 has thrown up something to smile about. The water quality of the Ganga river in Uttar Pradesh has improved considerably in cities like Varanasi and Kanpur.

Dr P.K. Mishra, Professor at Chemical Engineering & Technology, IIT-BHU, Varanasi, said that there has been 40-50 per cent improvement in quality of water in the Ganga.

This is primarily because factories along the river bank that discharged effluents into the Ganga have been shut due to the lockdown and this has naturally improved the water quality. Kalika Singh, regional officer of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) in Varanasi said: “The dissolved oxygen level upstream in river Ganga is 8.9 mg per litre while downstream, the dissolved oxygen level is 8.3 mg per litre. This clearly shows that water quality has improved significantly, and it is good for bathing. Healthy water should have a dissolved oxygen level of at least 7 mg/litre.”

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Singh said that during the lockdown period, the air quality in Varanasi had also improved.
“The roads in Varanasi are completely deserted because people are inside their houses and all vehicles are off the roads. Those engaged in essential services can only be seen in the city with their vehicles. Due to this, the air quality has improved in the city,” he said.

The Ganga enters Uttar Pradesh in Bijnor district and passes through major districts such as Meerut, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Kanpur, Allahabad, and Varanasi. In Kanpur too, the Ganga waters are cleaner.

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Dr P.K. Mishra, Professor at Chemical Engineering & Technology, IIT-BHU, Varanasi, said that there has been 40-50 per cent improvement in quality of water in the Ganga. Wikimedia Commons

A priest at the famous Parmat temple in Kanpur, said: “The major cause of water pollution in Kanpur is the toxic industrial waste which is discharged into the river. Since all the factories are closed due to the lockdown, the Ganga river has become cleaner. The priests at the temple earlier used to refrain from taking a holy dip because the water was highly contaminated. However, since the past week, we are bathing in the river.”

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The Sisamau drain which used to discharged millions of litres of dirty water into the river was completely tapped last year under the Namami Gange project. This has also brought down the water pollution but the improvement being witnessed at present is unprecedented.

The lockdown has done what other government projects could not do for the Ganga. (IANS)