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Seechewal to meet Capt Amarinder on pollution of Kali Bein, Kala Singha drain

Seechewal visited Basti Peer Daad and Leather Complex localities in Jalandhar to check the functioning of STPsl;  Seechewal said both STPs are not functioning properly and releasing untreated water. 

punjab Updated: Jun 08, 2018 13:48 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
Padma Shri Balbir Singh Seechewal,Balbir Singh Seechewal,Kala Singha drain
Environment activist from Punjab Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal was conferred the Padma Shri for infusing life into Kali Bein, a 160-km rivulet where Guru Nanak is believed to have earned enlightenment about 517 years ago.(HT File )

Despite claims by the state government to the contrary, the practice of discharging domestic and untreated polluted water in the Kala Singha drain and the Kali Bein river continues unabated in Jalandhar and Kapurthala districts, Padma Shri Balbir Singh Seechewal said here on Tuesday.

Seechewal visited Basti Peer Daad and Leather Complex localities in Jalandhar to check the functioning of sewage treatment plants (STPs). Seechewal said that both the STPs are not functioning properly and releasing untreated water in the drain.

“The district administration and the state government are aware of the problem, but they have failed to stop this practice. I had personally taken up the matter several times with the government, but in vain,” Seechewal said.

He said, “I will now approach chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh to apprise them about the apathetic condition of the STPs in the region.”

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A senior Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) official said that the STP in the Leather Complex daily receives water with over 700 MG chemical oxygen demand (COD) and 350 MG biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) that is double to what the STP is capable of treating. Similarly, the STP in Basti Peer Daad is also not working properly and is releasing polluted water into the drains.

However, PPCB environmental engineer Arun Kumar Kakkar claimed that both the STPs are working properly.

“The untreated sewage is flowing into the drain due to the negligence of sewerage board and railway department as they have yet to connect the sewerage line with the STP on the Ferozepur-Jalandhar railway line near Gulab Devi road in the city,” Kakkar said.

He said that the PPCB has already filed a case against the sewerage board and the municipal corporation for failing to run the STP properly in the past.

The STP in Kapurthala also is not functioning properly as most of its machines are very old and not functioning properly.

The STP was installed about a decade ago, with a capacity of treating 25 million litre discharge per day. However, for the past two years, the plant is not properly functioning and is discharging untreated waste into the Kali Bein at Sultanpur Lodhi. Due to this, lakhs of fishes were found dead here last year as well as in 2015.

The plant is being run by Kapurthala municipal council (MC).

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First Published: Jun 06, 2018 13:33 IST