Beas turning into dumping site for hotels, migrant workers
The rising pollution levels in the Beas river, which may pose a serious threat to the area's ecology if preventive measures are not taken in time, has caused growing concern among environmentalists in Kullu district.punjab Updated: Dec 04, 2014 19:42 IST
The rising pollution levels in the Beas river, which may pose a serious threat to the area's ecology if preventive measures are not taken in time, has caused growing concern among environmentalists in Kullu district.
The increasing number of new structures as well as old ones along the Beas and its tributaries on the long stretch from Manali to Bhunter is threatening the ecology of the river due to the lack of a proper sewerage system to dispose of waste.
According to Ravinder Kumar Sharma, executive engineer of the local pollution control board, the level of pollution recorded was higher near Bhunter, near Kullu. “The pollution control board is keeping a close watch on the increase of pollution levels in the Beas and has taken tough action against those responsible,” he added.
Earlier this year the pollution control board slapped notices to owners of 35 hotels located alongside the Beas river which had no sewerage connection and were dumping their waste directly into the river.
“The pollution levels of the Beas river is under control except Bhunter, where they are higher. The pollution control board will now set up a team within a day or two to assess the situation. The board is continuously monitoring the situation in the Beas and if anyone is found guilty of flouting the norms he will be penalized,” Sharma said.
Besides, migrant labourers living on the banks of the Beas also contribute to the degradation because they frequently dump garbage into the river
Abhishaik Rai, an environmentalist, alleged that disposal of sewerage treatment plants in Kullu district were not according to regulations, due to which dissolvable pollutants of sewerage treatment plants were being directly diverted into the river.
According to sources, many houses and commercial buildings lack sewerage facilities, which are directly or indirectly contributing to the rising pollution of the Beas.
According to official data, only 40% of houses in Kullu town have a sewerage connection, which is a matter of grave concern.