Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India): Chromium sulphate in a tannery. Chromium sulphate is widely used all over the world for making leather from rawhides (tanning). Although, chromium sulphate, the trivalent chromium, is not in itself toxic, but the lower quality of the chemical contains traces of hexavalent chromium which is very toxic to mammals and the aquatic life.

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India): Finished product coming out of a tannery. There are hundreds of tanneries on the banks of river Ganga in Kanpur, wih some - like the one pictured here - treating their waste water before it reaches the city sewer, but most dumping their toxic waste, mainly chromium, directly into the river Ganga.

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India): The untreated waste of Kanpur city falling into Ganga waters. Most of Kanpur's waste is left untreated and directed directly into the river Ganga leading to severe pollution affecting not only the aquatic life but also the life of people who depend on Ganga for their livelihood.

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India): An "Unholy confluence". Looks so much like waters of river Bhagirathi confluencing with those of river Alaknanda, but - you guessed it right - these are the waters of river Ganga confluencing with the sewage water from Kanpur city.

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India): Land for free so why not food for free. All along the bank of river Ganga there are slums and people living there use Ganga not only for fishing but also for disposing their own daily household waste.

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India): A man dries his "dhoti" on the banks of Ganga. Whether Ganga is polluted or not, it is still a holy river with pure water for most, and they use the water from Ganga for their daily needs.

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India): I just took a holy dip. It is faith that drives most, if not all, Indians. And it is the faith again that makes people of all ages take a dip in holy waters of the Ganga, however polluted the river may be.

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India): A cremation in progress as people watch. In Hindus It is considered auspicious to be cremated on the banks of the holy river Ganga. From religion to daily needs and to being a sewer system, Ganga indeed caters to the need of each and everyone who live close to its waters.