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No treatment plant in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh, untreated sewage flowing into river

More than 60 lakh litre of untreated sewage flows into the Kali River in Pithoragarh as the town has no sewage treatment plant

dehradun Updated: Feb 19, 2018 21:55 IST
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A rivulet in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh that flows into the Kali River,  choked with untreated sewage.
A rivulet in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh that flows into the Kali River, choked with untreated sewage. (HT Photo.)

More than 60 lakh liter of untreated sewage flows into the Kali River in Pithoragarh as the town has no sewage treatment plant (STP).

The two STP’s sanctioned earlier have not been setup due lack of fund.

Now the local civic body has demanded fund from the Namami Gange project as the Kali River is a tributary of the Ganga, said officials of the water supply department.

Untreated sewage flows into two rivulets—the Chandrabhaga and the Thuligar—that flow into the Kali River near Pancheswar, officials said.

The Kali River, known as Sharda in the plains of Tanakpur and further down it is called the Saryu and the Ghaghra once it enters Uttar Pradesh and Bihar before finally merging with the Ganga in Patna.

“The untreated sewage pollutes the Ganga and therefore we are demanding fund for setting up the STPs” said Jagat Singh Khati, chairperson of Pithoragarh Nagar Palika Parishad.

Uttarakhand Jal Sansthan officials said the Chandrabhaga rivulet has been considered for subsidiary drinking water schemes in the town as drinking water schemes in the town depend on lift method and runs on electricity.

“The proposed STP includes cleaning the water of the rivulet chemically treating to make the water bacteria-free,” said Vishal Saxena, executive engineer at the Jal sansthan.