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Tewari seeks further review of Buddha Nullah cleaning project

Information and broadcasting minister and Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari has sought revamping and expanding the scope of bio-remediation project for cleaning Buddha Nullah. Tewari met environment minister Jayanti Natarajan in New Delhi on Monday and apprised her about the undue delay in the completion of the nullah cleaning project.

punjab Updated: Aug 12, 2013 17:58 IST
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Information and broadcasting minister and Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari has sought revamping and expanding the scope of bio-remediation project for cleaning Buddha Nullah. Tewari met environment minister Jayanti Natarajan in New Delhi on Monday and apprised her about the undue delay in the completion of the nullah cleaning project.


He also brought to the notice of Natrajan the impediments put by the Punjab government by “not only being non-cooperative, but also by creating repeated hurdles that led to delay in the project completion.”

As per an official statement of Tewari, “Natarajan assured him that she would take up the matter with the state government and ensure that the difficulties and hindrances were get removed at the earliest.”

Divulging details of the project, The Ludhiana MP said, “Through his sustained efforts, former environment minister Jairam Ramesh, accompanied by a team of experts, had visited the nullah. They came to the conclusion that it might be worthwhile to apply the bio-remediation technology for cleaning, a technique which was earlier used to clean Udaipur Lake.”

Tewari told Natarajan that a project worth Rs 16 crore was approved by her ministry, and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had been assigned the responsibility as a nodal agency for execution of the project.

The project was inaugurated on April 23, 2011 by Jairam Ramesh.

Tewari said in the statement, “However, Ramesh was surprised during a personal inspection on October 24, 2012 to learn that the scope of the project had been narrowed down to 6 km from the original 16 kms. These 6 km are towards the end of the Buddha Nullah before it empties itself into the Sutlej River.”

“While I can fully understand, it is important to mitigate the effluent that flow into Satluj. However, what confounds me - for all intents and purposes this project completely bypasses the 10-odd km, which are intrinsic to its course through city, which has a thick population residing on its either side,” Tewari regretted.

Urging the minister to expand its scope, he said, “I would be obliged if you could direct the CPCB or the officials concerned in your ministry to comprehensively and holistically review the scope of this project to ensure that it really benefits the 25 lakh residents of Ludhiana city by cleaning up the entire 16 kms stretch and not only the last 6 km.”