Sushil Modi Inaugurates National Dolphin Day at Rajdhani Vatika

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi inaugurating Dolphin Day in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Repeating the same promise that he and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had been saying for the past 10 years or so, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, at a function to mark the National Dolphin Day on Thursday, said that Patna University will soon have a dolphin research center to protect and endangered aquatic mammal in the Ganges.

As part of the ongoing Forest Animals Week, the Dolphin Day was celebrated in Patna at the Rajdhani Vatika in the presence of forestry and environment officials and party leaders.

Speaking on the occasion, besides saying Patna University will soon have a dolphin research center, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said that from now on, the Environment and Forestry Department will carry out annual survey of the Ganga Dolphin in order to find their population.

"This survey will be conducted between Chausa and Sahebganj and all attempts will be made not just to save Ganga dolphins but also how to increase their numbers in the river," he said.

Bihar government, not known to shy away from organizing massive jamborees, human chains, and 'awareness rallies', will hold 'Dolphin Week' in all districts of Bihar starting next year to spread awareness about saving the mammals that continue to be the target of poachers for their high value in the black market, the Deputy Chief Minister said.

The government will also reward fishermen who save the dolphins," he said

On the issue of pollution in Ganga, Modi said that the Central government was spending Rs. 4,275 crore on its clean-up under Namami Gange project and 20 of the projects within the scheme directly affected Ganga flowing through Bihar.

Nalanda Open University (NOU) Vice Chancellor, also known as the 'Dolphin Man', Prof. R K Sinha also spoke on the occasion.

"The number of dolphins in a river indicate how clean and pure the water is," he said.

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