Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday asked Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh to join hands for making the Ghaggar river clean.
In a letter to Virbhadra, Badal told him that the quality of the river’s water had deteriorated in Punjab and reports brought to his notice suggested that it was because of the untreated industrial waste and domestic sewage discharged from Himachal Pradesh. He cited the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) findings based on tracking the sources of pollution to various drains in Nahan, Parwanoo and Kala Amb that fell into the Ghaggar.
Badal sought that his counterpart directed his officers to check the discharging of toxic effluents into the river. He called for joint monitoring mechanism for preparing a time-bound joint action plan to save the Ghaggar. Badal asked Virbhadra Singh for a convenient date to meet in Shimla and find out a permanent solution.