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After NGT prod, plan to rid rivers of pollution

PATIALA: Despite the National Green Tribunal (NGT) adopting a tough stance in opposition to Punjab for its failure to curtail the pollution in the 3 primary river techniques, it has taken the state government virtually 10 months to place in combination an motion plan for the purpose. It was once in May 2018 that Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh had ordered that a "comprehensive action plan" be ready for cleansing the Ravi, Beas, Satluj and Ghaggar river techniques in keeping with the Union government's tasks to wash up the Ganga and the Yamuna.

The motion plan, which may be finalised by means of January 31, is to be submitted to the Union ministry of river waters and Ganga rejuvenation for budget. According to predominant secretary setting R Okay Verma, the plan has been designed to stall discharge of inefficiently handled municipal waste and commercial effluents into Satluj, Beas and Ghaggar rivers. As some distance because the Ravi is concerned, the waters passing through Punjab remain unaffected because of less human interference.

As in step with the latest water high quality knowledge available in the course of the National Water Quality Monitoring Programme (NWMP) the standard of water in the Satluj upstream Nangal is Class B, which can be utilized for out of doors bathing. It turns to Class C near Kiratpur Sahib which will also be consumed simplest after treatment.

PPCB govt engineer Rajeev Sharma, who is operating on the motion plan, stated the board had already recognized a number of grey spaces along the channels of the three river techniques from where the untreated waste from towns and industries get into the streams. "Almost all government departments were roped in to prepare the action plan," he added.

The plan would additionally incorporate cleansing Buddha Nullah, Kali Bein, Chitti Bein and Kala Sanghian that are part of the Satluj river techniques.

Balbir Singh Seechewal, who has been spearheading the anti-river pollution campaign in Punjab, stated there was once a time when A grade water used to drift into the Satluj and the Beas from Himachal Pradesh. But now both rivers carry down B grade water, and by the point it passes in the course of the state its high quality is going all the way down to Grade E.

Water sources minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria stated clean water in the rivers was once a high priority issue for the federal government.

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