A joint meeting of chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh was held in Chandigarh on Tuesday to resolve the issues pertaining to pollution in river water in these states.
During the meeting, it was informed that Sutlej is mainly being polluted in HP by industries in Golthai, Mehatpur and Nalagarh area.
After detailed deliberations it was decided that joint sampling and monitoring on quarterly basis will be done by Punjab and HP officials near these industrial areas to effectively check the water quality in these rivers.
Punjab shall complete all 18 sewage treatment plants at various locations of Sutlej by June 30 next year. Steps being taken by Punjab to reduce pollution in Sutlej include connection of untapped points of Anandpur Sahib town to STP, utilisation of treated sewage for irrigation purpose, cleaning of Budha Nullah by installing bio-gas power plant, stoppage of garbage/solid waste into Budha Nullah and cleaning of Kala Sanghian drain.
Punjab officials said various initiatives have been taken by the state to reduce industrial pollution of companies such as NFL, Nangal, PACL, Nangal, Ropar thermal, dying and electroplating units in Ludhiana.
Detailed deliberations were also made on various options to reduce the pollution in river Ghaggar which originates from Sirmour Hills (Himachal Pradesh) and passes through Mohali, Patiala, Sangrur and Mansa in Punjab. It was informed that untreated industrial effluent and domestic effluent from industrial areas of Nahan, Parwanoo and Kala Amb was polluting Ghaggar. HP chief secretary P Mitra mentioned that locations where Ghaggar was getting polluted have been identified and five sewage treatment plants, including at Parwanu, Kala Amb, and Baddi, will be made operational soon.
The sources of pollution identified for Ghaggar from Haryana included Sukhna Choe, Singh Nullah, Gazipur Nullah, Ghail drain, Sagar Parra drain, Kaithal drain, waste water of Jakhal and Ratia town.