NMCG holds virtual celebrations for International Freshwater Dolphin day

New Delhi, November 24, 2020 (ANI): Environmentalists, wildlife experts and conservationists joined the virtual celebration of International Freshwater Dolphin Day organised by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) on Tuesday. Director General of the NMCG, Rajiv Ranjan Mishra lauded his team’s success in cleaning the Ganga and its tributaries which has eventually helped in the conservation of the freshwater dolphin and a substantial surge in its count in past few years. River dolphins, which were declared national aquatic species in 2010, act as ecological indicators of healthy riverine ecosystems. The Government of India has launched an extensive programme to conserve dolphins. Project Dolphin is one such effort to conserve dolphins along the 2,700kms course of Ganga and their increasing number, which currently stands at 3,700, is testimony to recovering the health of the holy river.