Heavy metals, pesticides in Ganga, CPCB tells National Green Tribunal

Nov 30, 2016

New Delhi -(EEP Network ) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked the Centre to give a note detailing the state of river Ganga in the past and how it has deteriorated now. The tribunal's directions came after the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) submissions that the water of the holy river, between Haridwar and Kanpur, contains heavy metals and pesticides.
The NGT's four-member principal bench, headed by justice Swatanter Kumar, was hearing the Ganga pollution matter filed by MC Mehta. Justice Kumar said,its (river Ganga) water at Haridwar is full of pollution. There was a time when people used to drink Ganagajal and store it in their house for years. Faith in Ganga was not a myth it was a tested fact, we are talking of a river which is respected by millions across the nation."
The bench said that the note should contain scientific information on 'what Ganga was' and 'what Ganga is' with regards to quality of the river, its aquatic life, pollution levels, drains, coliform levels and also religious sentiments attached with the river. A total of 14 heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, lead, nickel, chromium, cobalt and selenium were found in Ganga water on Haridwar-Kanpur stretch. The tribunal also asked the tannery industries of Kanpur to submit their stand on using recycled water and whether they can shift to another place. "Are you prepared to accept recycled water from CETP (Common Effluent Treatment Plant). You will have to pay for that water; drinking water and borewell cannot be used. Also, what is your view on shifting? What will be your contribution to the CETP, both capital and maintenance wise?,"  Jajmau is the tannery hub in Kanpur and as per a CPCB report, the fecal coliform is ten times higher than prescribed standards. Of the 764 grossly polluting industries on the Haridwar-Kanpur stretch, 415 are from the tannery sector.
ACCORDING TO CPCB
Water sample test said that 33 drains release effluents into Ganga on the Haridwar-Kanpur stretch, of which 21 carry domestic sewage and 12 carry industrial and domestic sewage. At Chhoiya drain, water samples tested by CPCB contained arsenic, DDT, chromium and other pesticides. A total of 14 heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, lead, nickel, chromium, cobalt and selenium were found in Ganga water on Haridwar-Kanpur stretch.

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