Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has expressed grave concern over the release of highly polluted water into river Yamuna and Gurugram Canal and urged his Delhi counterpart Mr Arvind Kejriwal to look into the issue personally and to direct all concerned departments of his Government to ensure that no untreated or partially treated effluent is released into the river Yamuna and Gurugram canal.
In a letter addressed to Delhi Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal, Mr Manohar Lal has drawn his attention to the problem of sever pollution of water of river Yamuna being caused during its course in Delhi.
He said that Yamuna enters Delhi at Palla in Sonepat district and then again near Okhla Head in village Basantpur in Faridabad district. It travels a stretch of around 52 kms in the NCT of Delhi.
During this course, more than 60 drains having partially treated or untreated effluents of industrial or domestic sources, outfall into it. This causes severe pollution of the river before its re-entry into Haryana, he added.
Mr Manohar Lal highlighted that Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) in the river at village Basantpur during July-December, 2018 has ranged from 45-46 milligram per litre against the permissible limit of 3.0 milligram per liter.
The BOD in Gurugram Canal, the only major source of irrigation water for the Mewat area, ranged from 32-45 milligram per liter during the same period.
This, he said is a matter of grave concern as the release of highly polluted water into river Yamuna and Gurugram canal severely affects the health of a large number of families of Gurugram, Faridabad, Palwal and Nuh districts. Besides, it also badly impacts agricultural productivity of the farmers of these districts.
Hence, there is a dire need for Delhi Government to treat the effluents and to ensure that only fully treated sewage is released into the river Yamuna, he asserted.