Ghaziabad: Pollution audit of industries along Hindon to be done within a month
The divisional commissioner, Dr Prabhat Kumar, said that the UP pollution board officers have been asked to conduct an audit of industries that are close to the river banks and even those a little further away. The audit is expected to be completed within one month and officials have been asked to submit a report.noida Updated: Sep 17, 2017 21:39 IST
In a bid to revive river Hindon, the divisional commissioner (Meerut) has ordered for a pollution audit of industries that are suspected to be discharging effluents into the river.
The divisional commissioner, Dr Prabhat Kumar, said that the UP pollution board officers have been asked to conduct an audit of industries that are close to the river banks and even those a little further away. The audit is expected to be completed within one month and officials have been asked to submit a report.
“These industries are, directly or indirectly, discharging effluents into the river. In case any of the industries are violating norms, officials have been asked to take appropriate action. In case an industry cannot be acted upon, in terms of polluting river Hindon, it should be closed,” Dr Kumar said.
According to official estimates, the stretch of river Hindon in seven districts comprises nearly 400 industries. In various instances, the industries are either discharging effluents directly or have laid pipelines or a system of long drains that finally culminate in the river.
Recently, Dr Kumar had also initiated a plantation drive along the banks of the river in seven districts and said that nearly 2 lakh plants have been planted against the set target of 3 lakh.
“The target is to be achieved and we aim to complete it by October-end,” he said.
Further, officials have also been carrying out surveys and have identified land belonging to gram sabhas near the river banks. According to officials, in a number of instances, farmers were found to be using pesticides and fertilizers, run-offs from which were polluting the river.
“The land belonging to the river is being demarcated. We have floated the idea that farmers can be approached and given gram sabha land inside the village in lieu of the land near the river banks. It is also our endeavour to dig up ponds in each of the 872 villages along the river, from December to June, before the next monsoon,” he said.
The divisional commissioner has also called on five farmers each from the seven districts for a site visit to Bulandshahr where farmers are already engaging in organic farming. The farmers have been advised to adopt organic farming methods so that the run-offs from the fields do not pollute the river.
The river originates from ‘Pur Ka Tanda’ in Saharanpur and culminates at Momnathal in Gautam Budh Nagar before its confluence with the Yamuna. On its route, the water of the river has been marred with heavy pollution, contaminants and untreated discharges.