Kanpur: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Kanpur (IIT-K) is set to study the impact of the immersion/burial of bodies in water and soil.
Advisor to the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Prof Vinod Tare said that the development comes in view of the mass graves being discovered on the banks of the Ganga in Rae Bareli, Unnao, Kanpur, Fatehpur and Kannauj, and fears about possible contamination of water and soil if the bodies were of COVID-19 patients.
“We are going to study the impact of immersion of bodies and their burial on water and soil,” Prof Tare was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
“Immersing a Covid body in Ganga would wash the virus, but it won’t be destroyed. You need different agents such as heat and others to destroy the virus,” the NMCG advisor said.