Ponds with stinking water await Chhath devotees in Dhanbad
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.
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