Badal reviews progress of Rs 15 crore bio-remedial projects
Having become the main source of water and soil pollution in the district, Budha Nullah can rightly be termed as the Achilles heel of Ludhiana. The progression of bioremediation project initiated by the former union minister for environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh, in 2011 seems to be the only ray of hope.punjab Updated: Jan 09, 2014 20:51 IST
Having become the main source of water and soil pollution in the district, Budha Nullah can rightly be termed as the Achilles heel of Ludhiana. The progression of bioremediation project initiated by the former union minister for environment and forests, Jairam Ramesh, in 2011 seems to be the only ray of hope.
Though the project is delayed due to non-availability of funds from the state government, as has been repeatedly pointed out by the union minister for information and broadcasting and member Parliament Manish Tewari, Srishti Eco Research Institution from Pune, an NGO working on green bridges at Budha Nullah is hopeful of early completion of the bio-remediation project.
The institution has completed three green bridges since 2011 and met Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday, who reviewed the progress of the ongoing Rs 15.05 crore bio-remedial projects.
The project was the pilot project of the Government of India wherein this technology was used for the cleaning of a nullah (drain) for the first time in India.
Sandeep Joshi, the environmental technologist who is popularly referred to as the 'green surgeon' with Srishti said the project was very close to the heart of the union ministers. "Even the Prime Minister Mammohan Singh has mentioned about the project on his social networking page. We have requested the Punjab CM to expedite the process on the part of the government and release the funds as everyone is looking forward to its success," Joshi adds.
Five green bridges have to be built on the Budha Nullah under the project, out of which three have already been completed and the remaining two would see the light of the day as soon as the state government releases funds.
Environmental expert from Japan Masahisa Nakamura, chairman of International Lake Environment Committee's (ILEC) scientific committee on sustainability and environmental issues, was also present at the meeting.
About the project
The 'in-situ sewage treatment with bioremediation' project was initiated to restore the ecological balance in the Budha Nullah. Four pots of microbial culture were released into the polluted waterway. The project is being closely monitored by the environment ministry and the Central Pollution Control Board.