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Social Activists Step-in as Punjab Government Fails to Curb Water Pollution in Satluj River

February 15, 2019 | By

Members of a team comprising social activists inspecting a support during their tour

Ludhiana: Successive government in Punjab have drastically failed to control pollution of Satluj River as untreated industrial effluent continue to poison its stream. A team of various social activists were shocked when they saw the ground reality alongside the river.

A team of social activists inspected various sites on the banks of Satluj River to take a stock of river water pollution

A team comprising Baba Sewa Singh (Khadoor Sahib), Giani Kewal Singh, Dr. Pyare Lal Garg, Baba Balbir Singh (Sechewal) and Gurpreet Singh Chandbaja examined the ground situation and took samples of Satluj’s water from various places.

They first visited Kasbad and saw the clean water of Satluj before it enters the Ludhiana city. The team was shocked to see that how untreated and highly polluted effluent was flowing into the Satluj from Bhattian ‘treatment plant’. Then they saw Jail Road Tajpur and Jamalpur treatment plants where the situation was no different.

Untreated effluent contaminates Satluj river from various places in Ludhiana district

Gurpreet Singh Chandbaja said that the team checked various “nalahs” till 3pm and found that untreated and chemical contaminated water was flowing into the Satluj river through these nalahs.

Successive governments in Punjab have drastically filed to prevent pollution of Satluj river

He said that this untreated effluent is contaminating river water with highly dangerous elements which not only threatens the water life but also endangers a large portion of human population, especially in Malwa region of Punjab and Rajasthan.

Various Nalahs in Ludhiana pollute Satluj river

He said that the team has taken samples of water from various vital spots for testing and their team will chalk out strategy to deal with problem of water pollution.

A visible line emerges in Satluj river where polluted water mixes with river’s fresh water

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