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Tales of the mystic River: Facts between romantic fantasy and cruel reality. The Ganga has a holy position in the Hindu mythology. It is repeatedly invoked in the Vedas, the Puranas, and the two Indian epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The Ganges has many names associated with its many roles in Sanskrit mythology. Bhagiratha himself is the source of the name Bhagirathi (of Bhagiratha), which is its initial stream, but is also another name for the Hooghly. Ganges & Its TributariesThe Glacier, a vast expanse of ice five miles by fifteen, at the foothills of the Himalayas (14000 ft) in Northern Uttaranchal is the source of Bhagirathi, which joins with Alaknanda to form Ganga at the craggy canyon-carved town of Devprayag. Interestingly, the sources of Indus and the Brahmaputra are also geographically fairly close; the former goes through Himachal Pradesh and fans out through Punjab and Sindh (Pakistan) into the Arabian Sea. The latter courses for most of its tremendous length under various names through Tibet/China, never far from the Nepal or Indian borders, and then takes a sharp turn near the northeastern tip of India, gathers momentum through Assam before joining the major stream of the Ganga near Dacca in Bangladesh to become the mighty Padma, river of joy and sorrow for much of Bangladesh. A course of the main Ganges river used to reach the Bay of Bengal through the Dhaleshwari river. This course gradually shifted and ultimately lost its link with the main channel of the Ganges and was renamed as the Buriganga. It is said that, the water levels of Buriganga during high and low tides astonished the Mughals (almost same water level in summer and monsoon). And that is why the Moughal Emperor Jahangir has sent his Subedar Islam Khan Chistee to make a survey of the river Buriganga during 1604-1610 and finally established the city Jahangirnagar at the bank of Buriganga. next page

Bangladesh moves to save river Buriganga

Dhaka, April 27, 2008 : Bangladesh has formed a panel to save the river Buriganga, whose water has turned pitch black because of the dumping of millions of tonnes of human and industrial waste.

The 22-member committee will also study measures to reclaim riverbanks from encroachers, the New Age newspaper said Sunday. An estimated 16 million people live along the river's coast.

Experts have identified nine industrial areas in and around Dhaka as the prime sources of river pollution. Most industrial units have no effluent treatment plants.

More than 60,000 cubic metres of toxic waste (textile dying, printing, washing and pharmaceuticals) enter the Dhaka canals and river system every day. Nearly four million people directly suffer the consequence of its poor water quality.

Industrial waste accounts for 60 percent of the total river pollution followed by municipal waste and improper handling of other pollutants, according to an official heading the committee.

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