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Marking the Polluting Industries along Ganga with QGIS

Visualizing the source of pollution for the Holy River

A closer look at Ganga in Varanasi | Photo by ADITYA PRAKASH on Unsplash

A 2006 measurement of pollution in the Ganga revealed that river water monitoring over the previous 12 years had demonstrated fecal coliform counts up to 100,000,000 MPN (most probable number) per 100 ml.

Introduction

Polluted look of Ganga in Prayagraj
A look at the holy trinity of Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati (Sangam) in Prayagraj | Image by Author
  1. Chemical
  2. Distillery
  3. Dying, Textile and Bleach
  4. Food, Dairy and Beverage
  5. Pulp and Paper
  6. Sugar
  7. Tannery

Data

Data Extraction

Photo by Robin Sommer on Unsplash

Working on Data

Visualization

Visualizing with Google Earth Pro

Google Earth Map after plotting all the factories around the Ganga Basin | Image by Author
A look at pollution in Ganga Basin and major cities leading to most pollution | Source — India Climate Dialogue Article by Soumya Sarkar

Visualizing data with QGIS

Factory Mapping on the Ganga Basin | Image by Author
Weighted Waste Water Generation (m³/day) in Ganga Basin | Image by Author
Weighted Industrial Water Consumption (m³/day) in Ganga Basin | Image by Author

Conclusion

Another image of Holy Trinity of Ganga, Yamuna & Saraswati (Sangam, Prayagraj) | Image by Author

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