Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 6
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which monitors water quality of the Yamuna and drains discharging effluents into it, has raised concerns over pollution and frothing in the river and asked Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to ensure effective sewage treatment. It has sought an action taken report from them by December 15.
According to a CPCB statement, the monitoring of 22 drains in Delhi has found 14 drains “untapped, discharging sewage”.
In the past, the CPCB observed froth formation and increase in ammonia levels in the Yamuna because of discharge of untreated sewage, non-operation of existing sewage treatment plants (STPs), improper functioning of effluent treatment plants (ETPs) installed by the industries and common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) located on the banks of the river.
Taking cognisance, the CPCB issued directions to the Delhi Jal Board to submit a time-bound action plan to ensure compliance to norms by STPs and that no untreated sewage was discharged in these drains, the official statement said.
The Delhi Pollution Control Committee has been directed to take action against non-complying CETPs and industrial units. Similar directions have also been issued to the State Pollution Control Boards of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.