Over 55 tons of garbage and waste were removed from the Ganga by a 40-member team during its month-long expedition in the river, said its leader Everester Bachendri Pal.
The team found the Ganga polluted all through its 'Mission Gange' expedition route of 1500 km from Hardwar to Patna, Pal told reporters here Wednesday.
"We have pulled out over 55 tons of garbage and waste from the river in course of our month-long expedition which began from Hardwar on October 5 last," said the country's first woman who reached the summit of Mount Everest in 1984. The team left Jamshedpur on October 01.
The garbage and waste pulled out of the river were disposed off by respective municipalities of the seven towns the team reached, she said. -- PTI