New norms for abatement of pollution and stringent action against the violators helped bring down wastes from industrial units flowing into the Ganga by nearly 35 per cent over the past one year, the government today said.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told PTI his ministry “concentrated” on 764 “grossly polluting” industries along the river and strict action, including closures as well, was taken against them.
He said a report regarding this has been submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as well.
The Minister said effluent norms for distilleries and sugar factories were changed which is why ‘black liquour’ and ‘spent wash’ no longer flows in the Ganga and this helped bring down the pollution levels.
“We concentrated on industrial pollution in Ganga and monitored effluent flowing from 700 odd units. We mandated them for installing 24/7 monitoring mechanism and changed the effluent norms for distilleries and sugar factories,” he said.
“So now black liquor is not going into the Ganga and spent wash is also not flowing into it. It’s being used for manufacturing fertilisers. Pollution from other industries too have curtailed. We have taken action against more than 100 industrial units,” the Minister added.
“All this has resulted in reduction nearly 30-35 percent pollution in Ganga from industrial activities,” Javadekar said.
He said that for tanneries, the Common Affluent Treatment Plant scheme is being coordinated by Ministry of Water Resources and its impact will be visible within one year.
“Yes, We’ve already given the report to PMO. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has given the report and done it,” he said.
The Environment Ministry in January had ordered closure of 150 industrial units, including sugar mills and tanneries, along the river after they failed to install 24X7 effluent monitoring systems.