Lucknow: Bodies were found in rivers in some districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar during the peak of the second wave of the corona epidemic. The government had then directed to conduct a study on coronavirus in Ganga water. This research found that there is no trace of coronavirus in Ganga water. Samples were taken from several districts.
The study has been conducted by the National Mission for Clean Ganga under the Ministry of Water Power in collaboration with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), Lucknow, Central Pollution Control Board, and State Pollution Control Boards. The study was conducted in two phases, with samples taken from Kannauj, Unnao, Kanpur, Hamirpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Ballia, Buxar, Ghazipur, Patna, and Chhapra.
The study revealed that no trace of coronavirus was found in the waters of river Ganga. Under the biological study, the RNA of the virus was removed from water samples to check RT-PCR to determine the viral load in the reservoir. Bihar and UP were badly affected by the second wave of the corona. Meanwhile, a case of body extraction from Ganga came to light in both states. The central government was then asked to investigate it as well as find out the presence of corona in the Ganga.