New study aims to put people at heart of Ganga revival plans | India News

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Experts have wrung hands over the Ganga’s worsening pollution for decades, but the communities whose livelihood depends on the river have really borne its brunt. Now, as government schemes begin to have a positive impact on water quality, the people who live along the Ganga are hopeful.
“Improvement in water quality has attracted more tourists and helped us earn more,” Chintu Sahani, a boatman at Varanasi’s Assi Ghat, told a joint team of experts from IIT-Kanpur and Melbourne’s La Trobe University that visited Varanasi and Kanpur recently. These two cities account for 60% of the Ganga’s pollution. The two institutions have tied up to put people at the heart of the Ganga rejuvenation programme. They want to understand the socioeconomic impact of pollution, and for this they meet all stakeholders – especially residents of the riverbanks – to understand their social…

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