Over 300 river stretches are polluted

Maharashtra has the maximum 49 river stretches which are polluted

GN Bureau | December 22, 2017


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Polluted Varuna river in Varanasi
Polluted Varuna river in Varanasi

There are 302 polluted river stretches, which is primarily due to discharge of untreated municipal sewage and industrial effluent, parliament was informed.

Union minister Mahesh Sharma said that Central Pollution Control Board, State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) and Pollution Control Committees are monitoring river water quality at 1275 locations.

The state-wise number of polluted river stretches are Andhra Pradesh (6), Assam (28), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (5), Daman & Diu (1), Delhi (1), Goa (8), Gujarat (20), Haryana (2), Himachal Pradesh (8), Jammu & Kashmir (9), Jharkhand (8), Karnataka (15), Kerala (13), Madhya Pradesh (21), Maharashtra (49), Manipur (12), Meghalaya (10), Nagaland (3), Odisha (12), Punjab (2), Rajasthan (8), Sikkim (5), Tamil Nadu (7), Telangana (7), Tripura (2),Uttar Pradesh (13), Uttarakhand (5) and West Bengal (17).

The minister said that the government has taken steps to control river pollution which include control of industrial pollution; river action plans for interception, diversion and treatment of sewage; establishment of continuous water quality monitoring systems; directions to the SPCBs to direct concerned agencies in the State/UT to develop infrastructure for sewage treatment; consent management for compliance of standards by SPCBs/PCCs to improve water quality of the rivers with respect to industrial effluents; directions regarding treatment and utilization of sewage for restoration of water quality of rivers.

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