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Uttar Pradesh: River pollution, conservation: UP’s fishing community bears brunt by Nutan Maurya , Soumi Roy Chowdhury June 24,2020   |  Source: Down to Earth

The quality of water in rivers Ganga and Yamuna did not improve despite four decades of pollution-mitigation measures. But they did within 10 days of the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. For years, the regulations of industrial and municipal inflow in the river have been at the centre of policies and programmes for pollution mitigation. On ground, however, these projects have mostly dissociated rivers from the riverine communities: An integral part of the river ecosystem since time immemorial. While we don’t question the objective that drives these mitigation programmes, COVID-19 has exposed the truth about their shoddy implementation. This crisis presents before us an opportunity to re-imagine solutions towards a healthier future of our rivers. Two important components of river pollution mitigations programmes — Ganga Action Plan I & II and Namami Gange — have been about biodiversity conservation and growing public awareness and participation. However, despite having provisions for involving local communities in mitigation and conservation-related activities, these policies, in many instances, have robbed riverine communities off their customary rights over the river and subsequently, their means of

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