By RAMESH C SHARMA
The author is a Professor & Head, Department of Environmental Sciences, HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar-Garhwal, Uttarakhand.
Several natural and anthropogenic drivers have contributed towards the degradation of water quality in the region of the Upper Ganga. An integrated effort involving every stakeholder is the only way to improve the water quality of Ganga today.
First settled by the Aryans around 1200 BC, the flood plains of Ganga have been venerated and worshipped as the symbol of our traditions and values ever since. The entire ecosystem of the Ganga has provided innumerable goods and services to the people of India, hence earning it the sobriquet of being ‘the mother of our civilization’. Originating at Gomukh on the Gangotri glacier at an altitude of 4,100 m above mean sea level, the river begins its journey as...