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The River Ganges' Long Decline

Title:The River Ganges' Long Decline
Author:Payal Sampat
Publication:World Watch
Enumeration:Vol 9, No. 4, pp.24-33, July-August 1996
Abstract:The Ganges River is slowly declining due to the steady flow of municipal and industrial waste. Municipal sewage accounts for 80% by volume of total waste dumped into the river, while industrial waste constitutes 15%. Ironically, although the river is viewed as a figure of purification not only by Hindus but by other religious denominations, Indians persist in dumping the ashes of their dead into it. Government efforts to clean up the river have failed due to poor planning, technological mismanagement and corruption.

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