Govt pins hopes on Engineers India Ltd to make Buddha Nullah pollution-free

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2014 11:10 IST

Even as the previous projects and efforts to clean the Buddha Nallah had failed, the state government has pinned its hopes on Engineers India Limited (EIL) to clean it.

A team of EIL visited the city to inspect Buddha Nullah at different locations.
The team members, along with deputy commissioner Rajat Agarwal and MC officials, also visited the Walipur where the Buddha Nullah enters into the Sutlej. The EIL team was led by the company’s deputy general manager (Infrastructure) Sanjoy Mukherjee.

The company, which is also working on project to clean Yamuna river in Delhi, will conduct inspection of Buddha Nallah for four days to find out what can be done to clean it. After that the team will handover a detailed plan to the state government. While talking to mediapersons, Mukherjee, said that there was need to make proper plan to treat the waste of dyeing units, sewage and polluted water.

The team found that the chemical waste and sewage were still being released into the nullah. Earlier, the team met the officials of Punjab water supply and sewerage board, Punjab pollution control board, municipal corporation and other departments concerned at the circuit house. A presentation was also given during the meeting regarding what was polluting the nullah. The principal secretary to chief minister had also inspected Buddha Nullah and sewerage treatment plants in June.

It was learnt that a complaint was also filed against the Punjab government with the National Green Tribunal, New Delhi, that polluted water was causing health problems for people in Rajasthan.

All efforts of the state and central governments to clean the nullah till now have gone in vain.

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