Patna: Days after our bodies have been discovered floating in Ganga within the state, samples collected from the river have been despatched for testing to verify for COVID-19 contamination within the water, knowledgeable Bihar State Air pollution Management Board Scientist, Navin Kumar.
“The sampling of Ganga river is a routine factor which we feature out frequently. The air pollution board retains on investigating the standard of water of the Ganga river. However as you already know that there have been studies of our bodies of COVID-19 victims disposed of within the river, so, we’re conducting assessments to verify whether or not the river has been contaminated with coronavirus or not,” Kumar advised ANI.
He talked about that the initiative of conducting such an investigation of the river water was taken via the Nationwide Mission for Ganga beneath the Jal Shakti Ministry, in collaboration with the Indian Institute for Toxicological Analysis (IITR), Lucknow, which is a laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Analysis (CSIR), state air pollution management board, and the district administration.
Kumar mentioned that the staff collected samples from river Ganga on June 1 in Buxar and on June 5 in Patna, Bhojpur and Saran, including that the samples have been despatched to Lucknow for testing the studies of that are awaited.
“A Central staff of scientists arrived right here from Lucknow to examine and gather samples. The staff collected samples from river Ganga on June 1 in Buxar and on June 5 in Patna, Bhojpur and Saran to verify whether or not our bodies reportedly seen in and across the river contaminated river water. Samples have bee despatched to Lucknow and the report is awaited,” added Kumar.
On Could 17, the Centre has requested Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to stop the dumping of lifeless our bodies within the Ganga and its tributaries, calling media studies of our bodies of COVID-19 victims being dumped within the rivers “undesirable and alarming”.
The Jal Shakti Ministry had mentioned that the state governments ought to concentrate on their protected disposal and dignified cremation.
On Could 13, the Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC) had issued notices to the Union Jal Shakti Ministry, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar, after receiving complaints about lifeless our bodies floating within the Ganga.
Namami Gange had directed states to stop dumping of lifeless our bodies within the Ganga “and concentrate on their protected disposal and offering assist for making certain dignified cremation,” the Jal Shakti Ministry had mentioned at a assessment assembly performed on Could 15-16.
The state air pollution management boards have been additionally directed to observe the water high quality extra often in consultations with the well being departments.