New Delhi, Sept. 24 -- The Ganga's water quality did not improve during the first month of the lockdown imposed in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), belying hopes that the closure of industries and restrictions on public movement and gatherings may have reduced pollution and made the river cleaner.

In fact, the Ganga's water quality deteriorated in many stretches, suggests the report titled Assessment of Impact of Lockdown on Water Quality of Major Rivers. The analysis showed that only seven of the 19 major rivers in India recorded an improvement in their water quality in April during the lockdown that took effect on March 25, compared t...