Most rivers in C’garh are heavily polluted

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Aug 2017 14:04:29

Staff Reporter.


Aug 12,

More than 900 km of river stretches at different parts of the Chhattisgarh are polluted, according to a report submitted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Responding to questions raised by two Members of the Parliament on polluted river stretches in the Country, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan said the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in association with the state pollution control boards monitors including Chhattisgarh, the river water quality through a network of monitoring stations under the National Water Quality Monitoring Programme.

CPCB in a report in 2010 identified 150 polluted river stretches in the country, based on BIO-chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels, a key indicator of organic pollution. In a subsequent report published by CPCB in February 2017, 302 polluted river stretches were identified on 275 rivers. The Minister attributed the increase in polluted river stretches to the incline in number of rivers being monitored and the denser water quality monitoring stations, which went up from 1,085 in 2010 to 1,275 in 2017. He also cited increase in pollution loads primarily due to rapid urbanisation as another reason. In Chhattisgarh, seven river stretches along the Mahanadi,

Indravati, Shivnath, Kharun, Indu, Mand and Hasuru were identified as being highly polluted. Most of these polluted stretches fall in the districts of Raipur, Durg, Rajnandgaon, Bilaspur, Raigarh, Kondagaon, Kanker and Korba. The state has five major rivers and a network of more than 75 distributaries.

The Minister said that to control discharge of industrial effluents; the CPCB as well as Chhattisgarh State Pollution Control Board are taking a series of initiative to ensure compliance under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986. To improve the monitoring of compliance, directions have been issued to specific industries to install online 24x7 effluent and emission monitoring devices. Steps have also been taken to promote low waste concept in various water polluting industries by recycling treated effluents.  Because of pollution in rivers, many of the villages which are situated near rivers have also been affected a lot and their population comes in contact with many health disorders as well as deficiencies.

The major problem has been noticed at areas near the banks of River Mahanadi, Shivnath and Kharun where lots of people are being affected by various health problems owing to this polluted water. Gautam Banerjee, well known water conversationalist of state stated that it is really an alarming situation and there is need to take some steps otherwise people have to face many dangerous situations in future.