Ponds with stink­ing wa­ter await Ch­hath devo­tees in Dhan­bad

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Ranchi - HT Correspondent htjhark­hand@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

DHAN­BAD: Dhan­bad Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (DMC) has launched clean­li­ness drive ahead of Ch­hath but the wa­ter bod­ies are still filled with stink­ing wa­ter.

The re­gional of­fice of the Jhark­hand State Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (JSPCB) has found the ponds wa­ter un­fit for hu­man use.

RN Choud­hary, re­gional of­fi­cer of the JSPCB, said, “Wa­ter of not a sin­gle pond lo­cated in the coal city is fit for hu­man use due to neg­li­gi­ble oxy­gen level in wa­ter.”

Al­most all ponds have stag­nant wa­ter with no clean­ing sys­tem and nat­u­ral fil­tra­tion sys­tem is al­most dead.

“Since th­ese ponds are nei­ther cleaned on reg­u­lar ba­sis nor have any sys­tem of foun­tain in­stalled in the ponds, the wa­ter has turned stale and is stink­ing too,” said Choud­nary.

The high level of bi­o­log­i­cal oxy­gen de­mand (BOD) has ad­versely af­fected aqua ma­rine life ac­cord­ing to the tests car­ried out by the re­gional pol­lu­tion board lab­o­ra­tory, said Choud­hary.

He said tests were car­ried out af­ter im­mer­sion of the idols af­ter Durga Puja in se­lect ponds of city and all were found highly pol­luted. The Pampu ta­lab of rail­ways was found to have high­est pol­lu­tion level.

Be­sides, sam­ples were col­lected from Rani Bandh, Dhaiya, Polytech­nic road pond, Rani Ta­lab-Ka­tras, Teli­tola Ta­lab and Raja pond, both lo­cated in Jharia and found un­fit for hu­man use.

“BOD level in th­ese ponds are much higher than per­mis­si­ble level of 3 to 5 parts per mil­lion (PPM),” said Choud­hary .

Mean­while, the DMC that launched a drive to clean the ponds ahead of Ch­hath has not com­pleted. DMC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Mo­han Prasad Kashyap said work is on for clean­ing the ponds.

“We ex­pect to com­plete the job be­fore Tuesday when devo­tees would be of­fer­ing evening arghay,” he added.

HT PHOTO

■ Garbage flow­ing in Bekar baandh pond in Dhan­bad on Fri­day.

DI­WAKAR PRASAD/HT

■ Peo­ple buy­ing Ch­hath items in Ranchi on Fri­day.

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