Environmentalist Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal has called upon the centre and the state governments to take joint steps in preventing water pollution in Punjab.
While addressing a seminar on 'Water and its contamination: Steps towards its prevention', organised by Citizen Welfare Society, Nangal and Sadhvabana Prasar Sangathan, here on Saturday, Seechewal said that water pollution has become a major problem in the state.
He said that 45 sewerage-treatment plants were to be set up at a cost of Rs 2,250 crore jointly by the central and the state governments by the year 2011.
But the treatment plants could not be completed on time due to technical hitches, and year 2013 has been set as the new deadline for their completion, he said.
Seechewal said that had these plants started functioning on time, the problem of water pollution in the state would have been solved to a large extent. He demanded that the project should be completed at the earliest.
While addressing the seminar, MP Ravneet Singh Bittu also expressed his concern over water pollution in Punjab and said that he would do his best to seek help from the centre.
Former Nangal MLA, Rana KP Singh said that water pollution was a big problem and all the political parties must work together to solve the problem by rising above petty politics.
Principal SC Sharma from Rayat-Bahra group, Gulzar Singh Kang from Guru Nanak Dev University, Citizen Welfare Society, Nangal president, and municipal councillor Paramjit Singh Pamma also addressed the seminar.