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On the occasion of Ganga River Dolphin Day, the ‘My Ganga My Dolphin’ campaign was launched to promote eco-tourism in the country. The National Clean Mission has started Dolphin Safari at six places in the country to promote eco-tourism. Dolphin Safari will begin in Kahalgaon (Bihar), Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh), Brijghat (Uttar Pradesh), Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), and Bandel (West Bengal). My Ganga My Dolphin Program was launched to conduct a census of dolphins in an area of 250 km from Bijnor to Narora.
The Director-General of Nehru Memorial Government College (NMGC) Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Mishra said, “This is a unique initiative to combine Ganga dolphin and Ganga conservation with local livelihood which is in line with Earth Gange’s concept.”
Ecotourism will get a boost
According to the statement declared by the Ministry of Water Power, Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, this joint venture of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Nehru Memorial Government College (NMCG), and the State Forest Department will boost the eco-tourism and livelihood of local people. He also congratulated the nation and said that the number of Gangetic dolphins has increased in recent years. He appealed to the people to support the dolphin conservation campaign and also explained the importance of biodiversity.
The Ganges Dolphin Day
India celebrates the Ganges River Dolphin Day on October 5 every year as the Ganges River Dolphin was declared a national aquatic animal in 2010. In India, dolphins can be seen in Assam, Bihar, and West Bengal. According to reports, there are about 3600 Ganges river dolphins in India.