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Pollution in River Alaknanda | Plastic particles found in fishes of Alaknanda river can be harmful for health. Navabharat

Mumbai : The fish of the rivers are also not untouched by the effect of the deadly plastic being used by humans and plastic particles are also getting in their body. The presence of toxic plastic in the body of other animals including pets has started to be considered a common practice, but scientists are surprised by the presence of plastic particles in the stomach of fish found in rivers. In Uttarakhand, the Alaknanda, a major river flowing through the city of Srinagar in Pauri district, has been revealed by research of the Himalayan Aquatic Biodiversity Department of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, revealing the presence of harmful polymer fragments and fine particles of nylon including microplastics in the stomach of fish.

These plastic particles can prove to be harmful for fish as well as non-vegetarian humans. The head of the department, Dr. Jaspal Singh Chauhan, told the media that he, along with his team of researchers Neha and Vaishali, has been doing research on the fishes of Alaknanda for the last several months. During this, the presence of small particles and fibers of plastic substances in the body of fish has come to the fore. Dr. Singh expressed concern that if the condition of the fish in the mountains is like this, then the situation in the plains could be even more dangerous, where plastic and other waste is being dumped directly into the rivers on a large scale. He said that today a huge amount of plastic waste and polythene is being thrown into the Ganga and its tributaries, which is affecting the biodiversity of the rivers.

According to Dr. Chauhan, the samples were also sent to the institutes of IIT Roorkee and Chandigarh for analysis after the Garhwal University laboratory confirmed the presence of microplastics and small pieces of nylon and fibers in the stomach of the fish. He told that from there it has also been confirmed that the fine pieces and fibers found in the stomach of the fish are plastic particles. Dr. Chauhan feared that these particles can enter the body of humans who consume these fish and can harm them. He said that the scope of this research has been expanded and now studies will be done on fishes of other rivers including Ganga. It will include rivers in the hilly as well as the plain area. (agency)

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