ITBP rafting team traverses Ganga’s entire length, collects water samples

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    NEW DELHI: A 2,525-km rafting expedition, covering the entire length of the river Ganga, recently completed by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is being keenly looked at by the environment ministry.(sevenoya)

    The ITBP, which organized the expedition as part of its golden jubilee celebrations, took samples of the river water every 50 km along the journey from Gaumukh to Gangasagar. These samples have now been sent to a laboratory to check the level of pollution in the river.

    An ITBP official said, "The environment ministry has shown interest in our expedition and has asked for the lab test report to get a third party view of the pollution in the river."

    The "never-done-before" expedition comprised a 20-member river rafting team led by DIG SS Mishra and traversed through five states and 30 cities in 58 days. Along the way, it also created awareness about the need to keep Ganga clean.

    Mishra said that while the Ganga was cleanest in the upper reaches of Uttarakhand, it was dirtiest in UP and Bihar. Deputy commandant Tarun Kumar, who was part of the team, said, "At Ghatiya Ghat in Farrukhabad, we had to literally wade through at least a hundred bodies floating in shallow water."

    As part of the celebrations, the force also took a unique Mt Everest expedition where a 23-member team under DIG Prem Singh scaled the mountain with six personnel reaching the summit and then skiing down. They also cleared enormous garbage on the way.

    Congratulating the force, home minister P Chidambaram said, "It is the toughest force in the country and we are proud of their achievements. It is also heartening to see officers accompanying jawans as it shows leadership and leading by example."

    Sources said DIG Prem Singh had scaled Mt Everest twice earlier and had gone on the latest expedition despite suffering from typhoid.

    ITBP rafting team traverses Ganga’s entire length, collects water samples - The Times of India
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