New Delhi: The Govt needs to focus on
ensuring perennial environmental flow in the Ganga river
instead of just setting up huge sewage and industrial effluent
treatment plants which have failed to cleanse the river, a
Parliamentary panel has said.
The panel, headed by MP T Subbarami Reddy, which
submitted its report "on Demand for Grants for environment
ministry" in Parliament last week, also opined that despite a
huge amount of money spent under Ganga Action Plan I and II to
clean the river, there has not been any considerable
improvement in its water quality.
The government in its reply had said roughly an amount of
Rs 900 crores have been spent on the Plan I and II.
The panel noted that strategy of setting up of sewerage
treatment plants and common effluent plants has not worked to
the desired level.
"Flowing of untreated sewage and sewerage, open drains
and industrial effluents are still continuing on a
large-scale. Sewage treatment plants are not working to their
optimum capacity due to one reason or the other."
So far under the GAP sewage treatment, capacity of 1025
million litres per day (MLD) has been created against about
3000 MLD being generated in the towns situated along the river
"With the ever increasing load of population on urban
areas, this problem would further aggravate," the panel said
suggesting the government "to work on the principle of
perennial flow in the river to ensure its cleanliness.
The committee, however, lauded the government`s efforts
to initiate a new action, including setting up National Ganga
River Basin Authority to clean the river and allocate a
substantial amount for the purpose.
The Government on February, 2009 designated River Ganga
as National river. The NGBRA has been notified as an empowered
planning, financing monitoring and co-coordinating authority
for the Ganga under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.