Once upon a time, Ganga was clean
This is with reference to "Can we save Ganga?" (July 16-31, 2014). When I was a student at the University of Roorkee (now IIT) in the 1980s, I used to go to the Ganga canal in the evenings with friends and sit on the banks, dipping our feet in the sparkling clean waters. The water used to be cold even during summer. Local people believed that the water of the Ganga could cure skin diseases. I remember people lowering milk cans into the river with a rope and keeping them dipped in the waters overnight. The water was so cold that it was used to refrigerate and preserve the milk. This was once upon a time. The Ganga today has been reduced to filth, thanks to insensitive people and polluting industries. What was once a delight to look at has now turned an eyesore.
VIKAS CHOUDHARY / CSE