Pollution in Ganga: Central Pollution Control Board issues notice to Jal Nigam


Kanpur: Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) issued a notice to the managing director, Jal Nigam, asking him to explain within 15 days why the industrial units polluting Ganga should not be closed as Jal Nigam has failed to treat the industrial effluent. According to sources in the Jal Nigam, the contents of the notice clearly stated that pollution in Ganga had increased in recent times due to the non-functioning of the common effluent treatment plant. A CPCB team has been collecting samples of discharge from nullahs and industrial effluent from the river and treatment plants in the city since last one week. The team is regularly examining presence of arsenic and chromium in water and sending samples along with its reports to the Lucknow based laboratory. "The tanneries are releasing harmful and toxic chemicals and substances in huge quantity making it difficult for the Common Effluent Treatment Plant to treat the water containing large amount of effluent", said PK Asudani, managing director of Jal Nigam. He said primary treatment plant is necessary for every tannery and industrial unit which are polluting the river. "The fact is that the industrial units instead of operating the primary treatment plants release their untreated discharge into the drains which ultimately goes into the river which is the only reason that pollution in Ganga has increased", he pointed out. Local pollution control board and industrial units are responsible for this problem, he added. Meanwhile, Ashutosh Pandey, member of Central Pollution Control Board team informed that six teams were recording daily the reading of electronic magnetic flow meters installed in all operational tanneries so that they could assess how much waste was being released by the tanneries. CPCB is maintaining record to study it in detail, he informed.

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