Clean rivers

The Hitavada - - THE OPINION PAGE -


This refers to the news about Mad­hya Pradesh Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (MPPCB) giv­ing A-cer­tifi­cate to river Nar­mada in terms of clean­li­ness to the ex­tent that its wa­ter can now be sipped for re­li­gious ri­tu­als even though it will have to be fur­ther pu­ri­fied for drink­ing pur­poses by mak­ing it bac­te­ria-free.

The pro­ject needs to be stud­ied and im­ple­mented in a time-bound man­ner by Union Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources, River De­vel­op­ment and Ganga Re­ju­ve­na­tion in re­spect of other rivers of the coun­try. Ad­di­tion­ally a fresh pro­ject to de­velop beds and banks of rivers in ur­ban ar­eas should be un­der­taken on lines of de­vel­op­ing ex­press­ways. It should not be dif­fi­cult be­cause flow of rivers is usu­ally tem­po­rar­ily di­verted for mak­ing bridges etc. Wa­ter tourism and tourist places along river banks in ci­ties will then pro­vide added fa­cil­i­ties for cit­i­zens.

Madhu Agrawal, Delhi

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