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Sewage chokes river, kills cattle

Rahul Noronha, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, February 28, 2013
First Published: 16:44 IST(28/2/2013) | Last Updated: 16:47 IST(28/2/2013)

Sewage from Laxmi Narayan College of Technology (LNCT) on Raisen road is being emptied into Ajnal river leading to diseases among residents and cattle of six villages in the catchments of the river, claim local residents.

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The sewage has choked the river and the stench has made it almost impossible for residents to stay in the area. It has also resulted in the death of a cow, while many other domestic animals are ill. The residents complained to the district collector demanding action against the college and registration of a case under the MP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act, 2010.

Up-sarpanch of Kolua Khurd village on Raisen road, Puran Singh, said the sewage lines located behind LNCT pharmacy college routinely empty out its contents into the Ajnal river that flows alongside it.

When HT visited the spot, it found pipes that had been concealed next to the river. Besides the sewage being emptied out, HT also found bio-medical waste and contents from chemical laboratories being thrown in the river.

HT also visited a section of the river downstream about two kms from the college and found human excreta clogging it. “One of my bulls fell ill after drinking the water from the river. Soon after it stopped eating and died,” said Puran Singh adding that more of his cattle had taken ill in the last 10 days. Residents also claimed that medical waste like used syringes and gloves can be seen floating on the river too.

The sarpanch of Kolua khurd village Anar bai and other residents have written to the collector to take action against the college.

“The stench from the sewage is unbearable and it is difficult to sit in our houses,” said Dal chand, a resident of Dobra village. The villages affected by the sewage in the river include Chor Sagoni, Dobra Jagir, Kolua khurd, Adampur, Jamunia, Sankal Tanda and Padariya Kachi.

Residents said last year too they faced a similar problem but no action was taken. The college should empty out its septic tank in a pit or should ask the municipal corporation to clear it, said Ranjit Singh of Kolua village. The death of a cow has tempers running high in the villages and could be a potential law and order problem.

Collector Nikunj Shrivastava said he was apprised of the matter and would look into it. “Strict action will be taken if the complaint is found true,” he said.

A spokesperson for LNCT denied that there was any pollution because of the sewage. “The college has not released sewage but we will still get a technical expert to examine the matter,” said Amitbodh Upadhyay, spokesperson for LNCT.


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