Kanpur: UP Pollution Control Board has directed the Kanpur Jal Nigam to stop the discharge of water from sewers and tanneries into river Ganga and utilise it for irrigation.
Everyday about 450 million litre of waste water is being discharged from the city, but the corporation is treating only 60-70 million litre in its three water treatment plants, while rest is being flown into Ganga, thus polluting the river, the board said.
The directive has been given by the Secretary of the Pollution Control Board after a meeting with officials in Lucknow today, regional officer Radheshyam said. The move comes after a High Court order asking to keep Ganga pollution free.
Citing, the Water Act 1974 which prohibits discharge of untreated water into Ganga, Radheshayam said the three treatment plants in Jajmau area has a total capacity of 171 million litre, but the board recycles only 60 to 70 million litre per day.
Board`s secretary has asked the city water corporation to run the treatment plant with full capacity and use recycled water for agricultural purpose.
Tanneries were also asked to keep account of effluents discharged by them.