Kumbh Mela: PMO monitors water availability, pollution

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:50 hrs

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Office on Friday said it has given directions to control pollution levels in Ganga and Yamuna rivers and has also been monitoring the availability of adequate water ahead of the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

In a statement, the PMO said that the Prime Minister has been monitoring availability of adequate water from Tehri Dam in river Ganga at Allahabad during the Kumbh Mela and directions have been given to control the pollution load flowing in river Yamuna during the Kumbh Mela period.

Tehri Hydro Development Corporation has agreed to release 250 cumecs water from Dec 21, 2012 to Feb 20, 2013 and 220 cumecs water from Feb 21, 2013 to Feb 28, 2013 in view of demand of water for Allahabad ´Kumbh Snans´, the PMO said.

Instructions have also been given by PMO that Delhi Jal Board should ensure that the performance of the 72 MGD Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Keshavpur is stabilized so that it functions optimally and the effluent meets the norms.

The Delhi Government has been asked to ensure that the performance of the STPs and Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) is optimized to meet the effluent quality norms.

"At Sangam, Allahabad, the BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand) of Yamuna and Ganga is generally less than 6 mg/ltr but the main issue is of the colour of effluents discharged by the pulp and paper industries into the river Ram Ganga and Kali," the PMO said.

Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand SPCBs have been directed to ensure that all the paper units discharging their effluents into river Ganga or its tributaries comply with the prescribed norms.

Monitoring of water quality in river Ram Ganga and river Kali and their tributaries is being initiated on a daily basis by the State Boards of Uttrakhand and Uttar Pradesh with the coordination of CPCB, the PMO said.

It warned that action will be taken against the industries for violating the norms. CPCB has issued show cause notices for closure to 23 tannery units in Unnao and Banther.

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