Sewage from 118 towns flows into Ganga

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - A RE­PORT

pre­pared by a team of ex­perts from six or­gan­i­sa­tions of the Union wa­ter re­sources min­istry has shown that more than two-thirds of the sewage gen­er­ated in 118 towns in the Gangetic basin gets dis­charged into the Ganga un­treated, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to re­vive the river. The re­port was sub­mit­ted by the team to the min­istry in De­cem­ber 2014. Cit­ing the re­port in Par­lia­ment re­cently, Union wa­ter re­sources min­is­ter Uma Bharti noted that th­ese towns col­lec­tively gen­er­ate over 3,636 mil­lion litres per day ( of sewage as against the treat­ment ca­pac­ity of 1,027 of the ex­ist­ing 55 sewage treat­ment plants in th­ese towns spread over five states—Uttarakhand, Ut­tar Pradesh, Bi­har, Jharkhand and West Ben­gal. The min­istry has asked the five states to sub­mit de­tailed project re­ports to en­hance the sewage treat­ment ca­pac­i­ties of th­ese towns.

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