New Delhi, 05th April 2022: Under National River Conservation Plan (NRCP), pollution abatement projects for the conservation of rivers in Maharashtra namely Krishna, Panchganga, Godavari, Tapi and Mula Mutha were sanctioned at a total cost of Rs.1182.86 crores.
An amount of Rs.208.95 crore has been released as the central share for implementation of these projects, and inter-alia, a sewage treatment capacity of 260 million litres per day (MLD) has been created so far in the towns of Karad, Sangli, Kolhapur, Nanded, Nashik, Triambakeshwar and Prakasha.
Ministry of Jal Shakti, through the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of National River Conservation Plan (NRCP), has been supplementing efforts of the States/UTs by providing financial and technical assistance in the abatement of pollution in identified stretches of rivers excluding river Ganga and its tributaries which is covered under Namami Gange Program, on cost sharing basis. Proposals for pollution abatement works, received from the States/UTs from time to time for consideration under NRCP, are sanctioned based on their prioritization, conformity with NRCP guidelines, independent appraisal, availability of Plan funds, etc.
Rivers in the country are polluted mainly due to the discharge of untreated or partially treated sewage from cities/towns and industrial effluents in their respective catchments, problems in the operation and maintenance of sewage/effluent treatment plants, and agricultural run-off, lack of dilution and other non-point sources of pollution. It is the responsibility of States/Union Territories (UTs), local bodies and the industrial units to ensure the required treatment of sewage and industrial effluent, before discharging into recipient water bodies or land for prevention and control of pollution therein.
Cleaning/rejuvenation of rivers is a continuous and dynamic process, and may also depend on natural factors. In compliance with the orders of the National Green Tribunal in Original Application No.673/2018 regarding polluted river stretches in the country, States/UTs are required to implement action plans for the restoration of the said stretches in their jurisdiction within the stipulated timelines.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Jal Shakti, Bishweswar Tudu in a written reply in Rajya Sabha, today.
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