Eminent river engineer and former professor of civil engineering at IIT in the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Prof. U.K. Choudhary has claimed that the judicious use of river technology can help resolve the Coronavirus crisis as well as the plight of Ganga river, reports India TV.
The reason Prof Choudhary believes is the presence of higher proportions of bacteriophages in the Ganga water. He says: “The Ganga water contains a significantly higher proportion of bacteriophages – a kind of virus that kill bacteria. Our ancient scriptures like Vedas, Puranas and Upanishads say that Ganga jal is medicinal water. Scientists later found that Ganga water has bacteriophages capable of killing pathogens.”
Explaining further, he said, “Let us analyze the source of bacteriophages. If we take three rivers of Himalayan origin having sources at different heights -the Ganga (Gomukh), Yamuna (Yamunotri) and the Sone river, we find the colours of waters are different. The whitish colour of Ganga water, greenish colour of Yamuna water and the brownish colour of Sone water is also indicative. As Gomukh is the highest among the three, its water comes from lowest depth of aquifer as compared to Yamunotri and Sone river.”
Thus, according to him, the quality of river water is proportional to height of origin point. “This defines the genetic character of Ganga water. The balanced flow of this water in entire length of the Ganga defines the medicinal property of Ganga water,” he stated.
Chaudhary said that the bacteriophages in the Ganga can curb the spread of coronavirus through soil, water and air.
However, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has decided not to go ahead with the proposals forwarded by the Jal Shakti Ministry to undertake clinical studies for treatment of Covid-19 patients with Ganga water, saying it needs more scientific data.
Dr Y K Gupta, who chairs the committee for Evaluation of Research Proposals at ICMR, said the evidence and data available at the moment are not strong enough to start the clinical studies by different routes/forms of Ganga water for treatment of coronavirus.