311 polluted stretches alongside 279 rivers, watchdog finds | India Information

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PUNE: Maharashtra accounted for the best variety of polluted river stretches within the nation at 55 in 2022, the Central Pollution Management Board (CPCB) mentioned in its latest report figuring out almost 311 polluted stretches in a community of 279 rivers throughout India.
As per CPCB, Maharashtra can also be one of many 13 states within the nation the place the variety of polluted river stretches has elevated, together with Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, amongst others. In 2018, it had 53 polluted river stretches, the organisation mentioned.
A CPCB official instructed TOI, “The state air pollution management boards have been directed to make sure necessary ecological stream in all polluted stretches. Ecological stream pertains to the minimal stream wanted to be maintained in a river to make sure optimum circumstances for the prevailing ecosystems.”
He mentioned the examine was a periodic evaluation of water high quality of rivers within the nation and measured exceeding ranges of Bio-Chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) in these stretches. “We recognized polluted river stretches the place water high quality didn’t meet the first BOD standards for outside bathing. BOD in such stretches was greater than 3mg/L.”
Greater BOD signifies requirement of extra oxygen and signifies decrease water high quality. The official mentioned all such river stretches had been discovered polluted due to the discharge of sewage and industrial pollution. “Of the sewage discharged in rivers, we discovered that quantum of untreated sewage far more than that of handled sewage. Whereas factories need to mandatorily deal with industrial effluents in effluent remedy crops (ETPs) earlier than discharging them into the water our bodies, most cities would not have the infrastructure for remedy of home sewage. This is without doubt one of the main causes for air pollution within the rivers.” He mentioned an motion plan has been made and permitted by CPCB to deal with this subject.
Water professional Himanshu Thakkar, who can also be the coordinator of South Asia Community on Dams, Rivers and Folks, mentioned, “Maharashtra is essentially the most industrialised state and has quite a few industries, which can be contributing to river air pollution. Its appreciable city inhabitants has additionally put numerous stress on the rivers, by way of discharge of untreated home sewage into water our bodies.”
Thakkar mentioned polluted rivers can have a serious impression on the aquatic life, wildlife within the rivers.
As part of the monitoring train, the water high quality of 56 rivers in Maharashtra was monitored by CPCB. As many as 147 areas on 55 rivers within the state didn’t adjust to the prescribed water high quality standards by way of BOD ranges. The names of some polluted rivers included Amba, Amravati, Bhatsa, Bhima, Bindusara, Bori, Burai, Chandrabhaga, Koyna, Krishna, Kundalika, Manjeera and Mula-Mutha, amongst others.

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