Action against industrial units Polluting Ganga

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Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recently surveyed 26 industries located on the bank of River Ganga. Out of 26 industries, 7 units were found closed, 2 units were complying with discharge standards, 9 units required minor improvements and 8 units were found violating the norms for effluent discharge. Out of the 8 units found violating the norms, 4 units have been issued directions for closure, 3 units directions for taking remedial action to achieve compliance with respect to the discharge norms prescribed and one unit issued with show cause notice for closure.

To bridge the gap between sewage treatment capacity available and the demand the Central Government supports setting up of Sewage Treatment Plants. Proposals for STPs are considered for sanction based on proposals received from different States subject to their conformity with guidelines and availability of funds. Creation of infrastructure for sewage treatment and disposal is also being undertaken through other central schemes, such as Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns, as well as under State schemes.

The Ministry has taken several steps to ensure a clean Ganga which inter alia includes constitution of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) in February 2009 as an empowered authority to ensure effective abatement of pollution and conservation of the River Ganga by adopting a holistic approach with the river basin as the unit of planning. It will ensure that no untreated municipal sewage or industrial effluent would be allowed to be discharged into Ganga by year 2020. A comprehensive river basin management plan is being prepared by a consortium of seven Indian Institute of Technologies. On that basis the States would formulate DPRs for new projects in pollution hotspots and major towns on Ganga, and major tributaries for funding by NGRBA from World Bank line of credit. The State River Conservation Authorities have been notified under the Environment (Protection) Act 1986 to facilitate better coordination and implementation of river conservation activities at State level.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (Independent Charge) Shri Jairam Ramesh, in a written reply to a question by Shri Shyamal Chakraborty in Rajya Sabha today.


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