Kanpur, India. Wednesday 14 March.Workers in a leather tannery,one of 300 in the industrial city of Kanpur, factories like these are being blamed for the toxic substances being dumped into the Ganges . . The Ganges river is 1557 miles long and stretches from the Himalayas to the Indian Port of Calcutta, supplying water to one twelth of the worlds population. . The Ganges is worshipped in the Hindu faith and is believed to be not only a source of life but also able to wash one's sins away, and Hindu's from across the globe make pilgrimage to the river referring to it as Ma Ganga.