An inspection carried out by an expert committee constituted on the orders of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has found that the main issue of pollution with respect to the Hindon canal lies in Uttar Pradesh with pollutants from industries along the river entering the canal into Ghaziabad and Delhi. The agencies are in the process of submitting a status report to the NGT before May 25.
Sources said that the committee will request the NGT to ask the Uttar Pradesh government to address the issue and restrict the entry of pollutants into the river. Officials said that the status report will request the NGT to ask the UP government to treat the dumping of industrial waste.
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Two months ago, the NGT ordered the constitution of a committee of government agencies including the DDA, East Municipal Corporation, the Public Works Department (PWD), Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and the UP Pollution Control Board. The NGT had issued orders directing the agencies to ensure that throwing of all kinds of waste into the canal was banned in an effort to ensure that a clean and decent environment is provided to residents along the canal.
Last Sunday, the agencies had conducted an inspection of the canal all along the 13 km stretch till Indirakunj in Ghaziabad where the canal originates. While 10 kms of the stretch lies in Ghaziabad, the remaining lies in Delhi which then joins the Yamuna.
According to officials who carried out the inspection, the main pollutants enter the river first from the paper and sugar mills along Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Meerut. These then reportedly enter the canal at Indira Kunj which flows into Delhi.
“While like the Yamuna, a wire mesh has been installed all along the canal in Delhi, in parts the mesh is lying broken. These can be replaced. However, the main issue is with the pollutants and effluents entering the river which automatically enters the canal since there is no way to treat it. Therefore, the root cause of the pollution is the pollutants from the industries in UP. If the industrial waste being dumped into the river is automatically stopped, the pollutants will no longer enter the canal,” a senior government official who was part of the inspection on Sunday said.