To mark the celebration of the Ganga River Dolphin Day, the Indian government announced the My Ganga My Dolphin campaign. This campaign was launched with a view to promote eco-tourism in the country.
The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) launched this programme in 6 destinations in the country. The campaign includes dolphin safari in each of the three states that the Holy River Ganges flows through- Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.
The My Ganga My Dolphin campaign was launched also to help in conducting a better Dolphin census within the 250 kilometre stretch from Bijnor to Narora.
This is a truly unprecedented initiative that will lead to dolphin safaris being organized in the following places
- Kahalgaon (Bihar),
- Bijnor, Brijghat, Prayagraj and Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
- Bandel (West Bengal).
Rajeev Ranjan Mishra, the director general at the National Mission For Clean Ganga deemed the initiative unique and pathbreaking. He said. “We aim to integrate Gangetic dolphin and Ganga conservation with local livelihoods which is in line with the concept of Arth Ganga.”
Trained volunteers from the local community, known as Ganga Praharis, will be at the forefront of this initiative and will lead tourists at all these dolphin sites on boat rides. Ganga Praharis have been at the forefront of the Clean Ganga initiative and have been tirelessly working towards improving the cleanliness of the Holy Ganges in every state that the river flows through
India celebrates the Ganga River Dolphin Day every year on the 5th of October. There have been many efforts to save the Ganga river dolphins, efforts intensified after were declared national aquatic animals in 2010. In 2012, dolphin conservation began in the country in joint efforts in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the state government of Uttar Pradesh
There are about 3700 Gangetic dolphins in India and they can be found across a variety of states in North and Northeastern parts of the country. Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal are majorly where these dolphins can be spotted in. WWF is also taking all the necessary steps required to ensure that there is enough water connectivity and depth required to prolong the survival of the Gangetic dolphins.