NEW DELHI: National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) launches dolphin-based ecotourism program Dolphin Safari, On Monday on the occasion of ‘Ganges River Dolphin Day’, at six sites along the country’s national river in three states – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
‘Ganga praharis‘- Trained volunteers from the local community who work to clean the Ganges – will take tourists to these sites on a boat ride to see the dolphins in the Ganges river.
In addition, a new campaign ‘My Ganga My Dolphin’ was also launched to conduct a census of dolphins in an area of 250 km from Bijnor to Narora.
Inaugurating the Ganges River ‘Dolphin Jalaj Safaris’ at Bijnor Barrage in Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, Director General of NMCG, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra said that such an initiative to make people aware of the biodiversity and importance of the Ganges River Will go a long way. For National Protection of India Aquatic animals.
The other five sites, which see several activities around dolphin-based ecotourism on Monday, include Brajghat, Prayagraj and Varanasi in UP; Kahalgaon in Bihar and Bandel in West Bengal.
India celebrates October 5 every year as ‘Ganges River Dolphin Day’ as the day when the Ganges dolphin was declared a national aquatic animal in 2010.
As announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 August, the Center is expected to launch ‘Project Dolphin’ soon to give it a new momentum protection And species protection in both river and marine ecosystems – the way India is implementing conservation plans for tigers and elephants under its aegis.Project tiger‘And’ Project Elephant ‘programs.
Being an indicative species of river ecosystem, the Ganges river dolphins play an important role in providing valuable ecosystem services. The Ganges river dolphin is found in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Karnafuli river systems of India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
In India, these dolphins are seen along the deep river that reaches Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. According to the available assessment reports, there are about 3,700 Ganges River dolphins in Indian river systems.
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