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QUESTION NO. 1932: River Pollution

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND CLIMATE CHANGE

LOK SABHA  UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1932  TO BE ANSWERED ON 14.03.2017

 River Pollution

1932. SHRI RAM CHARAN BOHRA:

Will  the  Minister  of  ENVIRONMENT,  FOREST  AND  CLIMATE  CHANGE  be 

(a)whether  there  is  high  level  of  water  pollution  in  major  rivers  of  the  country  leading  to 

increase in water borne diseases and related fatalities; 

(b) if  so,  the  steps  taken/being  taken  by  the  Government  to  make  the  rivers  pollution  free; 

(c) the amount spent in this regard during the last three years?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOREST AND

CLIMATE CHANGE

(SHRI ANIL MADHAV DAVE)

(a) & (b)  Discharge   of   untreated   and   partially   treated   sewage   from   cities/   towns   and

industrial  effluents  constitute  a  major  source  of  pollution  of  river.  Based  on  the  assessment  of water  quality  over  the  last  five  years,  the  Central  Pollution  Control  Board  (CPCB)  has  identified  302  polluted  stretches  on  275  rivers  in  the  country.    State  Government/  concerned  local  bodies  

are  responsible  for  setting  up proper  facilities  for  collection,  transportation and  treatment  of  sewage  being  generated  and  ensure  that  untreated  sewage  does  not  fall  into  the  rivers  thereby 

polluting  them.  This  Central  Government supplements  the  efforts  of  the  State  Governments  in  abatement  of  pollution  in identified  stretches  of  various  rivers  under  the 

National  River  Conservation  Plan  (NRCP)  and  National  Ganga  River  Basin  Authority  (NGRBA)  programmes  implemented  on  a  cost  sharing  basis  between  Central  and  State  Governments.  Various  pollution    abatement  schemes taken up under these programmes, inter-alia, include interception and diversion  of raw sewage, setting up of sewage treatment plants, creation of low cost sanitation facilities,   setting   up   of   electric/ improved   wood   crematoria   and   river   front  

development.  In  addition,  State  Governments  also receive financial  assistance  for  creation of sewage infrastructure, including setting up of sewage treatment plants, in various towns under the Central Sector schemes.

(c)The Central Pollution     Control     Board     has     released     Rs.3,69,52,936/-, Rs.3,76,90,030/- and Rs. 3,73,83,154/- during financial year 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2015-16  respectively to various State  Pollution  Control  Boards/  Pollution Control Committees for National Water Quality Monitoring Programme. This Ministry has released  Rs.  364.24  Crore  to  various  States  under  National  River  Conservation  Programme during last three years and current financial year for various activities such as interception and diversion  of raw sewage, setting up of sewage treatment

plants, river front development, etc

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