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Crores go waste as Ganga remains dirty

THE GOVERNMENT has spent crores of rupees on the Ganga clean-up drive but the river has become more polluted today than it used to be a decade ago. In fact, the money spent on the river has gone astray and the efforts to keep the Ganga pollution-free have come to naught as it absorbs 260 mld sewage daily.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 00:09 IST

THE GOVERNMENT has spent crores of rupees on the Ganga clean-up drive but the river has become more polluted today than it used to be a decade ago.

In fact, the money spent on the river has gone astray and the efforts to keep the Ganga pollution-free have come to naught as it absorbs 260 mld sewage daily.

Besides, the residential colonies and the slums situated near the river, the tanneries are polluting the river. The plants to treat the chromium-infested water of tanneries are also not functioning properly because of poor maintenance. Moreover, despite the best efforts, the authorities could not prevent the direct release of water from 20 sewers into the river.

According to a report prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board, out of the total contaminated water being released into the Ganga, three-fourth is sewage water. Apart from this, one-fourth of the water discharged by the tanneries and other industries is highly contaminated. The report further said that the maximum discharge of industrial water, directly into the Ganga, takes place in the Kanpur City, and Kolkata stands next.

After the publication of this report, the project ‘Ganga Action Plan’ was prepared but till date, it could not be fully implemented. Even today, the water from various sewage lines is directly going into the Ganga. Water from drains at Police Line and District Jail is being directly discharged into Ganga.

The ‘septic tanks’ of the Kayhora and Parampurwa drains is overflowing. The sewage lines of Jageshwar, Ranighat, Parmat and Mayor Mill drains are choked. The ‘tapping’ of Sisamau drain is proposed under the phase II of the Ganga Action plan.

The officials associated with the Ganga Action Plan admit that treatment plants set up for treating the contaminated water of tanneries is not working properly. A senior official of the Ganga Action Plan, on condition of anonymity, said that the tanneries are discharging contaminated water into the river.

He also said that the efforts to stop the release of polluted water from the residential area situated near the river into the Ganga was yet to be made.

First Published: Mar 23, 2006 00:09 IST