These are the challenges facing India’s most sacred river

Hindu pilgrims take a dip at the confluence of the Ganges River and the Bay of Bengal, an act which they consider to be holy, at Sagar Island, south of Kolkata January 13, 2014. Hindu monks and pilgrims are making their annual trip to Sagar Island for the one-day festival of "Makar Sankranti" on January 14. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - GM1EA1D19EW01

The Ganges supports half a billion Indians. Image: REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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