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‘Impure’ water in Amritsar: issue reaches Delhi

Shaheen P Parshad, Hindustan Times  Amritsar, May 07, 2014
First Published: 08:09 IST(7/5/2014) | Last Updated: 08:11 IST(7/5/2014)

The residents of the holy city are not only consuming water mixed with sewage, but as per a PGIMER study, its potable water supply also has immense traces of heavy metals that are harmful to human health.

While Amritsar mourns the death of 12-year-old Gurpreet Singh in Kot Mahna Singh who died due to consumption of contaminated water on Saturday, the issue pertaining to supply of such water to the residents of Amritsar and Ludhiana has reached the National Green Tribunal, Delhi, which called the authorities concer ned of both municipalities to appear before it.

Consequently, Amritsar municipal commissioner DPS Kharbanda was in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday in connection with a hearing on the presence of heavy metals in the potable water being supplied to the consumers in the city.

The Tribunal’s major concern is the PGIMER report about the concentration of heavy metals in the water supply of the two cities.

The MC had applied for two projects--one worth 101 crore for the non-water supply areas outside the walled city and the other worth 105 crore for Amritsar South-East for laying sewerage and water supply connections, providing good roads and streetlights.

However, the funds for these projects have not been released as yet despite the MC’s claims that the Centre sanctioned the projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Following the PGIMER study on the presence of heavy metals in the potable water supply of Amritsar and Ludhiana, the matter was brought to the notice of the Tribunal, which summoned the MC authorities concerned of Amritsar and Ludhiana.

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