Saturday, Sep 19, 2020 | Last Update : 03:44 PM IST

179th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra114584081235431351 Andhra Pradesh6095585198915244 Tamil Nadu5309084757178685 Karnataka5029823940257808 Uttar Pradesh3362942632884771 Delhi2347011981034877 West Bengal2155801870614183 Odisha167161133466722 Telangana1670461353571016 Bihar164224149722855 Assam150349121610528 Kerala12221687341490 Gujarat119088999083271 Rajasthan109088906851293 Haryana103773816901069 Madhya Pradesh97906743981877 Punjab90032658182646 Chhatisgarh7777541111628 Jharkhand6710052807590 Jammu and Kashmir5971138521951 Uttarakhand3713924810460 Goa2678320844327 Puducherry2142816253431 Tripura2069612956222 Himachal Pradesh11190691997 Chandigarh92566062106 Manipur8430653951 Arunachal Pradesh6851496713 Nagaland5306407910 Meghalaya4356234232 Sikkim2119178923 Mizoram15069490
  India   All India  10 Jan 2018  500 turtles to help clean up Ganga in UP

500 turtles to help clean up Ganga in UP

Published : Jan 10, 2018, 12:57 am IST
Updated : Jan 10, 2018, 12:57 am IST

UP has the largest catchment area of turtles and the specimens are poached in huge numbers

Representational image
 Representational image

Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government will release about 500 turtles, once again, into the Ganga in a renewed attempt to clean the river.

The turtles are likely to be released into the river next week when the temperatures begin to rise.


A senior forest official said that carnivorous species of turtles prey on half burnt bodies and carcasses and help in organic cleaning of the river.

The state government has been receiving flak from devotees who are unable to take a holy dip in the river due to the highly polluted waters.

In Allahabad, a group of saints refused to take the holy dip on the first day of the ongoing Magh Mela because the water had turned black.

The turtles that will be released into the Ganga are presently kept in the turtle breeding and rehabilitation centre at Sarnath, which is home to about 632 turtles.

The official said, “Since the 1980s, we have been releasing carnivorous turtles into the Ganga as a cleanup operation. The problem is that turtle smuggling has turned into a huge business and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, last year, claimed that over 20,000 turtles are being smuggled every year from UP alone which has led to a rapid decline in the turtle population.”


UP has the largest catchment area of turtles and the specimens are poached in huge numbers

Joint teams of the Special Task Force and the forest department have been assigned to monitor the activities of local fishermen in the swamps of Kali river in the Mainpuri-Etah district.

Their objective is to thwart the operations of the Kanjad gang, which prowls the Isan and Arind basin area to catch turtles. The poachers, led by 45-year-old Dharmendra Kanjad, reportedly pack the shelled reptiles in gunny bags that are then couriered to Kolkata.

Tags: yogi adityanath government, turtles