Govt to study life cycles of dolphin, hilsa in Ganga to ascertain health of river

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The government will now study the life cycles of dolphins and the hilsa population in the Ganga to ascertain the health of the holy river at different sections, a senior NMCG official said.

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) will be conducting the study in collaboration with the Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, NMCG Director General G Asok Kumar said.

Under this, bio-indicators like the population of dolphins and hilsa fish and micro-organisms will be studied to ascertain how much improvement has taken place in the health of the river.

Elaborating, Kumar said these bio-indicators play an important role in establishing the health of a river.

“We have taken many initiatives under the NMCG to improve water quality, and through the study, we want to test how much improvement has been achieved,” he told


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