India’s Chambal River: Cursed, Yet Pure

A reputation as cursed and unholy became the saving grace of India’s Chambal River—helping it escape a fate like the sacred, yet heavily polluted Ganges.
People gave the Chambal wide berth, ultimately sparing it from heavy development and polluting factories. In 1979, India’s government declared about half of the river a national sanctuary. Increasingly though, there are signs that people are losing fear of the curse.
But for the Ganges, untreated sewage is still pouring in, and pollution counts are high above safe limits—despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pledge to clean the it up by 2020.
The Guardian

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