Balasore, December 6 (LocalWire): High pollution level of river Budhabalanga is posing a serious threat to human beings as well as aquatic animals.
According to the recent report published by the Central Pollution Control Board, Budhabalanga is one of the 19 most polluted rivers of Odisha.
The river originating from Mayurbhanj flows through Balasore before falling in the Bay of Bengal and a large population of the two districts depends on the river for livelihood, including for irrigation purposes.
Unfortunately, the water of the river has been polluted to alarming levels with untreated water from the factories and plants, besides the sewage from municipal and urban areas that are let into the river without any restrictions.
Sources indicate that the untreated water released from various plants, factories, and other establishments pollute the river with harmful chemicals like arsenic, led, cobalt and mercury.
According to the Regional Pollution Control Board officer PK Mahapatra, “The waste released by the factories and plants are by and large treated by the units. Massive urbanisation along the river bank is one of the reasons besides untreated urban effluents for pollution of the river water.”