A 255-km-long drain remains choked with industrial effluents and untreated water of local bodies.Even about a year on since suo motu notice by the Punjab and Haryana high court, the state's government and pollution control board (PPCB) have no clue to what's wrong with the Lasara. For the second time in 10 months, the PPCB has collected water samples from different points of the drain. Board's member secretary Babu Ram did the job this weekend.
The drain runs from Dhamot village in Ludhiana district to the Punjab-Haryana border near Dabwali. Babu Ram gathered samples on the orders of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, while the state is a respondent in a civil writ petition in the high court on the polluted status of the Lasara. In September last year, on the instructions of the high court, the Punjab government teams had collected more samples, and the PPCB had not found any alarming sign of pollution in the drain.
Its tests suggested little deviation from the biochemical oxygen dissolved (BOD) parameter of 30.More than six municipal bodies dumping their untreated sewage into the drain, and two industrial units of a company based in Barnala release toxic effluents into it. Based on the writ petition, the high court had instructed the Punjab government to ensure zero discharge of effluents from the industrial units into the water. The next hearing is on August 13.
However, after the consent of the state government, high court allowed the industrial house to discharge the treated water into the drain till 2014."I have collected the samples on the instructions of the CM Badal. It will help to check the pollution level in the Lasara drain and to do the needful. Locals bodies of Bathinda and Rampura have been already constructing Sewerage water treatment plant that will help to reduce the pollution in the drain," said Babu Ram.
Environmental activists are little surprise over the behavior of Punjab government towards the plight of Lasara drain."Lasara drain is infamous for its pollution for last one and half decade.
Everybody knows that drain is Polluted. Instead of wasting time on taking samples again and again, Punjab government should corporate with the Punjab and Haryana high court to find the solution to reduce the pollution level from the drain," Said Yadwinder Singh, president of the Shahid Bhagat Singh welfare club Kotbhara.
Village Kotbhara is one of the many village of Malwa affected from the pollution in Lasara drain.He said, "There will be no use of collecting samples again and again. It should act strongly against the industrial houses which are responsible to pollute the drain."