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Wastewater sans sewerage facilities pollutes Ganga most: Report

| | Haridwar | in Dehradun

The annual report (September) of Japan-based Asahi Glass Foundation, on environmental problems and survival of mankind cited wastewater generated from slums and areas sans sewerage facilities going untapped into the rivers directly as one of the most important hurdles standing in the way of making India and Ganga clean. The wrong policies being framed by the decision makers are also a major hindrance in the execution of the projects initiated on the matter.

Notably, this outfit funds research in innovative scientific and technological fields and gives prestigious Blue Planet Prize to people or organisations for making significant contributions to solving environmental problems.

Former professor of environmental engineering at IIT Roorkee and Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok, Dr Devendra Swaroop Bhargava whose two-page article has been published in the report says, “The government backed intensive indulgence of pseudo environmentalists who possess zero knowledge of the engineering and technology of water-flow at decision-making levels has resulted in pollution in Ganga.”

Deliberating further on the issue, he says, “The government is advocating the use of synthetic fertilisers and poisonous insecticides and pesticides by the illiterate farmers in the greed of mega sized bumper crops with zero damage. The wash-out of their excess leftover renders all Indian water resources totally unfit for drinking. Most of the pilgrims who go for a holy dip in Ganga use its water for achman purposes also.”

For immediate cleaning of Ganga, it is high time that the pseudo scientists who are retarders of Ganga cleaning works are removed at once, said the award-winning scientist while talking to The Pioneer.

Commenting on the excuses made by the officials of Ganga Anurakshan Unit of Haridwar which installs sewage treatment plants, Bhargava says, “Crores of rupees are sanctioned in the name of Ganga cleaning at the central level which go unused due to prolonged delays in implementation. Numerous individuals and religious/social organisations are ready to donate for the public cause.”

Observers say that the government’s apathy in creating a political will to clean Ganga has resulted in Ganga pollution. Also the leaders know that money will keep coming as long as the Ganga remains polluted.

While speaking to The Pioneer, Prafull Dhyani of People Action for Safe Environment Foundation, engaged in organic and inorganic waste management, said, “Our organisation has successfully initiated resource recovery centre projects in some schools and near Pathri power house and Lakkar ghat in Rishikesh. But at the state government level, there is a long delay in decision making. We collect segregated garbage of organic and inorganic category and convert it into compost in scientific manner while the inorganic waste is sent to recycling factories for re-use. But the civic and the state level bodies do not wish to adopt the system in which there is hardly any cost involved other than garbage collection.” 

While speaking of a low-cost solution to the problem, Bhargava says, “Construct a dam-like structure or a retaining wall between the river and the city on one or both sides of the city like what has been done for Gomti river in Lucknow.

Between the dam or wall and the city, a parallel covered canal or a huge sewer can be laid to carry all the wastewaters generated from the city up to some three kms downstream of the city where the entire wastewater is given zero or primary or primary and secondary treatments, depending on the finances available with the civic body of the city.” 




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