River Watch: The Ganges - holy river, unhealthy water

Last Modified: Sat Dec 02 2017 23:04:10 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2,525 km
    length of the Ganges river (aka Ganga).
  • 57
    Number of monitoring stations set up to assess water quality. The number of stations is abysmally low considering the importance of the river and population that depends on it.
  • 43.78 crore
    Population living on the banks of the river.
  • 16
    Number of sewage treatment plants installed along the course of the river. Yet again, an abysmally low number! [41 STPs are supposed to be in state of bidding/construction].
  • 500 mpn / 100 ml
    Count of fecal coliform bacteria in a water body below which water is safe for consumption and/or bathing.
  • 2,500 mpn / 100 ml
    Count of fecal coliform bacteria in a water body above which water is considered unfit for consumption and/or bathing. Consumption of water contaminated beyond this permissible limits can cause a host of diseases, from gastroenteritis to virulent forms of hepatitis.
  • 300,000 mpn / 100 ml
    Highest count of fecal coliform bacteria measured at Garden Reach, near Kolkata. Count at other locations:
  • 0
    Gangotri (source)
  • 0
    Rishikesh
  • 0
    Haridwar
  • 710
    Garhmukteshwar
  • 3,900
    Kannauj
  • 2,800
    Bithoor
  • 58,000
    Kanpur
  • 33,000
    Allahabad
  • 1,700
    Mirzapur
  • 33,000
    Varanasi
  • 31,000
    Ghazipur
  • 9,000
    Patna
  • 2,300
    Munger
  • 3,000
    Bhagalpur
  • -
    Rajmahal
  • 220,000
    Baharampore
  • 90,000
    Palta
  • 240,000
    Dakshimeswar
  • 80,000
    Howrah-Shivpur
  • 300,000
    Garden Reach
  • 110,000
    Uluberia
  • 30,000
    Diamond Harbour