Bhubaneswar, December 5 (LocalWire): As many as 19 rivers in the State are bearing the brunt of water pollution as per the latest report furnished to the centre by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
‘The polluted profile of these rivers are based on the value of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BoD) scientific experiment by CPCB’, the union minister of state, Jal Shakti & Social Justice And Empowerment, Rattanlal Khataria told the Lok Sabha today to a query by BJP lawmaker Jual Oram.
The rivers ranked polluted are Gangua, Guradih Nallah, Kathajodi, Nandirajhor, Daya, Kuakhai, Banguru Nallah, Bheden, Brahmani, Budhabalnaga, Kusumi, Mahanadi, Mangala, Nagavalli, Nuna, Ratnachira,Rushikulya, Sabulia and Serua.
The stretch from Rourkela to Biritol of river Brahmani is one of the identified polluted river stretches of priority V (BoD level in the range of 3-6 mg/l).
The centre is supplementing the efforts of the State Governments including Odisha, reducing pollution of identified stretches of various rivers under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National River Conservation Plan (NRCP), on cost-sharing basis between the Central and State Governments.
The Ministry has sanctioned projects at a cost of Rs.279.9 lakhs for pollution reduction of river Brahmani in the State of Odisha.
Under the project works pertaining to interception and diversion of sewage, sewage treatment plant (STP), riverfront development etc have been implemented and a STP having capacity of 2 million litre per day (mld) has been created in the State, the minister informed the lower house.