BJP member walks out of LS in a huff
A BJP member in the Lok Sabha walked out dissatisfied with the Government's response on the issue of pollution of river Ganga by industrial effluents.Updated: May 09, 2003 20:10 IST
A BJP member in the Lok Sabha today walked out dissatisfied with the Government's response on the issue of pollution of river Ganga by industrial effluents and also in protest against not being allowed to complete his submissions during a Calling Attention Motion on the subject.
Chinmayanand, who along with party colleague Adityanath had given notice for the Motion, left the House in a huff as Environment Minister T R Baalu sought to reply to his queries. P H Pandian was presiding over the House.
Earlier, in a statement, Baalu said in January and February this year, the water quality of Ganga at Sangam in Allahabad was affected due to discharge of coloured effluents from distilleries and agro-based industries upstream of Kanpur.
After intervention of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UP PCB), the discharge of these effluents was stopped in early March 2003, he said.
"The UP PCB has been directed to take action against defaulting industries and to ensure that such industries do no not discharge effluents into the river during non-monsoon months," Baalu said.
The Minister said to address the problem of pollution from industries under the Ganga Action Plan (GAP) started in 1985, a total of 187 grossly polluting units have been identified for monitoring.
Of these, 133 industries have installed effluent treatment plants and the remaining 54 are closed, he said.
First Published: May 09, 2003 20:10 IST