The Ganga

  • Saving the Ganga: The majestic and mystical world of Sundarban August 9, 2014

    CNN-IBN's Environment Editor Bahar Dutt tracks the river Ganga, from the Himalayas down to the Sunderbans. The Sundarban is a UN World Heritage site over parts of India and Bangladesh. The name Sundarban comes from the Sundari tree found in the mangroves here. ...
  • Saving the Ganga: Reasons why the action plan has turned into a failure August 2, 2014

    CNN-IBN's Environment Editor Bahar Dutt tracks the river Ganga, from the Himalayas down to the Sunderbans to find out what it will take to revive India's most sacred river. ...
  • Watch: Saving the Ganga July 19, 2014

    CNN-IBN travels from the mountain tops to the planes where the might river Ganga flows to find out who are the people trying to save this mighty river from getting anymore polluted. ...
  • Will 'Save the Ganga' mobilise support for RSS? August 13, 2012

    New Delhi: Almost twenty years after its Ayodhya movement, the RSS and its affiliates are once again planning a mass movement, bringing all their off-shoots together to build momentum before the next general elections. The strategy was finalised in a clandestine meeting at a Dharmashala in Delhi last month, attended by...
  • Kanpur's leather industry a bane for the Ganga June 5, 2012

    What is worse is that Rs 900 crore of the Ganga Action Plan have simply gone down the drain. It's also the place where the Ganga is at it's dirtiest. ...
  • World Environment Day: Saving the Gangetic dolphins June 5, 2012

    Kanpur: At the historic city of Kanpur, a thriving leather industry is central to the crisis facing the Ganga. Rakesh Jaiswal, an eco-crusader, tells us why. "This is the failure of the Ganga Action Plan," says Jaiswal. "The government is responsible since animal wastes from over 200 tanneries nearby are flown...
  • World Environment Day: Revisiting the Chipko movement June 5, 2012

    Shivpuri: The Chipko movement, 40 years ago, was India's first green movement and one of India's first green heroes was Chandi Prasad Bhatt. On World Environment Day, CNN-IBN on a special journey down the Ganga, met Chandi Prasad and found that a new green movement was now needed to save...
  • World Environment Day: Sewage, climate change affecting Ganga June 5, 2012

    Experts point out climate change and flowing of sewage into the Ganga is affecting the river adversely. ...
  • World Environment Day: Dams killing the Ganga? June 5, 2012

    Garhwal: Even as a government commissioned Green Report recommends the scrapping of 34 dams on the Ganga's tributaries, the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, construction continues on 300 dams. Over 300 dams are planned on its various tributaries to generate electricity for a power-hungry nation. The Dhari Devi temple faces an uneasy...
  • World Environment Day: What is harming the Ganga? June 5, 2012

    Activists and experts talk about what is harming the Ganga, India's sacred river. ...
  • World Environment Day: Fish in the Ganga vanishing June 5, 2012

    Haridwar: On World Environment Day, CNN-IBN focuses on 'Saving the Ganga', a 45-day campaign that highlights how the sacred river is dying despite thousands of crores of rupees being spent to save it. At the temple town of Haridwar lies the Samadhi of Swami Nigamananda, a man who gave up his...
  • World Environment Day: Saving the sacred Ganga June 5, 2012

    Varanasi: On the World Environment Day, CNN-IBN focuses on 'Saving the Ganga', a 45-day campaign that highlights how the sacred river is dying despite thousands of crores of rupees being spent to save it. CNN-IBN's special report shows how dams and pollution are killing the river in every state it...
  • Saving the Ganga Episode 5: Conserving Sundarbans' tigers May 19, 2012

    It's the final frontier, our 2000 kms journey from source to sea has now come to an end. Our Environment Editor travels to Sunderbans to meet the scientists who are counting tigers in what is considered to be the most dangerous place on planet earth. Bahar Dutt on the last...
  • Protecting the Sunderbans' tigers May 18, 2012

    The Sunderbans: The Ganga ends its journey in the Bay of Bengal, forming one of the largest delta in the world. Here, the nature is at its pristine best. Despite the difficult terrain, scientists are now using modern technology to count tigers. An odd-looking camera trap, with a sensor inside it,...
  • Saving the Ganga Episode 4: Kanpur's leather industry a bane May 14, 2012

    CNN-IBN's Environment Editor Bahar Dutt tracks the river Ganga, from the Himalayas down to the Sunderbans to find out what it will take to revive India's most sacred river. ...
  • Kanpur's leather industry a bane for the Ganga May 11, 2012

    Jajmau: A cocktail of chemicals is being dumped into the river Ganga in Kanpur. What is even worse is that Rs 900 crore of the Ganga Action Plan have simply gone down the drain. In the historic city of Kanpur, a thriving leather industry is central to the crisis facing...
  • Saving the Ganga Episode 3 : Haridwar, the gateway to the land of gods May 11, 2012

    CNN-IBN's Environment Editor Bahar Dutt tracks the river Ganga, from the Himalayas down to the Sunderbans to find out what it will take to revive India's most sacred river. ...
  • Keeping the Ganga clean: Turtles on the job May 4, 2012

    Varanasi: For thousands of years, people have been thronging the ghats of the ancient city of Varanasi to offer prayers. It is here that the circle of life and death is completed. Cruising down the river Ganga, one reaches the ancient city of Varanasi... and one NGO has shown that all...
  • Haridwar: Ex-IIT professor fasts to save Ganga May 3, 2012

    Haridwar: At the temple town of Haridwar lies the Samadhi of Swami Nigamanand, a man who gave up his life to save the Ganga after being on a 100-day fast. He fought a lone battle against stone crushers and illegal mining mafia operating on the river. And at his Samadhi,...
  • Saving The Ganga Episode 2: The holy river in distress May 11, 2012

    CNN-IBN's Environment Editor Bahar Dutt tracks the river Ganga, from the Himalayas down to the Sunderbans to find out what it will take to revive India's most sacred river. ...
  • Revisiting Chipko movement in Uttarakhand April 27, 2012

    Shivpuri: The Chipko movement, 40 years ago, was India's first green movement and one of our first green heroes is Chandi Prasad Bhatt. In the 1970s across Uttaranchal, rural women gave a cry to 'hug the trees' in protest against a government plan to chop the ancient trees. One of...
  • Saving the Ganga Episode 1: Goddess in distress May 11, 2012

    The Ganga is today one of the five most polluted rivers in the country and large parts of it are dry. ...
  • 300 dams on the Ganga: A bane or a boon? April 27, 2012

    Garhwal: The Ganga is India's most revered of rivers. Her waters sustain all forms of life. She is a life-giver for over 400 million people. But unknown to the faithful, the government has planned over 300 dams on its various tributaries to generate electricity for a power-hungry nation, and the...
  • Ganga receives 2,900 mln litres sewage daily: PM April 27, 2012

    New Delhi: Describing the performance of states in operating and maintaining existing sewage treatment plants as "tardy", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said every day 2,900 million litres of sewage is discharged into the Ganga, way above the capacity of the sewage treatment plants. The prime minister, who was chairing...
  • 'Save Ganga' activist shifted to AIIMS April 16, 2012

    New Delhi: 'Save Ganga' activist GD Aggarwal, also known as Swamy Gyan Swarup Sanand, has been shifted to AIIMS from Benaras hospital after his condition deteriorated. Swarup Sanand has been on fast for the past 10 days against dams being built on the Ganga. Aggarwal, who is a former IIT...
  • CJ Shanti Lal battles to save Varanasi's Ghats April 16, 2012

    Shanti Lal began cleaning the ghats in '98. The municipality got contractors to step in. But the problem remains. ...
  • Nigamanand death: CBI quizzes Swami Shivanand April 16, 2012

    Dehra Dun: Swami Shivanand, founder-head of Haridwar-based Matri Sadan Ashram, was quizzed by the CBI in connection with the death of Swami Nigamanand who undertook a fast demanding an end to illegal quarrying in river Ganga. A CBI team visited the ashram on Monday...
  • 'Ganga pollution claims more lives than blasts' April 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday expressed concerns over the increasing level of pollution in the river Ganga, saying it was claiming more lives than those caused by bomb blasts. In his latest blog posting, Advani quoted Swami Chidananda Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, to argue that...
  • Uma Bharti's Ganga cleaning project begins April 16, 2012

    Ghaziabad: Apparently with an eye on the upcoming polls in the state next year, BJP leader and the party in-charge in Uttar Pradesh Uma Bharti launched her ambitious Ganga cleaning project. Starting her campaign from Garhmukteshwar, 80 kms from Ghaziabad at a public rally on Thursday evening, Uma said that she...
  • Uma Bharti meets Sonia on Ganga river issue April 16, 2012

    New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti on Saturday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and demanded that quick and effective action be taken to save river Ganga and prevent parties from playing politics over the issue. Bharti, who recently rejoined the BJP, was all praise for Gandhi, saying if the...