Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari has sought a revamp and expansion of the scope of the bio-remediation project for cleaning of the Buddha Nullah.
He met Union Environment Minister Jayanti Natarajan in New Delhi on Monday and apprised her of the undue delay in the completion of the project. He also brought to the Union Ministers notice the impediments put by the state government by not being cooperative.
Natarajan assured Tewari that she would take up the matter with the state government and ensure that difficulties and hindrances in the project implementation were removed at the earliest.
He said the then Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh,accompanied by a team of experts,had visited the nullah and they had come to the conclusion that it might be worthwhile to apply the bio-remediation technology and technique which had been experimented with for cleaning the Udaipur Lake.
Tewari said a project worth around Rs 16 crore was approved with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) being given the responsibility as the nodal agency for implementing the project. The project was inaugurated on April 23,2011,by Ramesh.
The local MP said,however,he was surprised to see during a personal inspection on October 24,2012,that the scope of the project had been narrowed down to 6 km from the original 16 km. These 6 km are towards the end of the Buddha Nullah before it empties itself into the Satluj river.
I can fully understand that it is important to mitigate the effluents that flow into Satluj. However,what confounds me is that for all intents and purposes,this project completely bypasses the 10-odd km which are intrinsic to its course through city which has a thick population residing on its either side, he said.
Urging Natarajan to expand the scope of the project,he said,I would be obliged if you could direct the CPCB or the officials concerned in your Ministry to comprehensively and holistically review the scope of this project to ensure that it really benefits the 25 lakh-odd residents of Ludhiana city by cleaning up the entire 16-km stretch and not only the last 6 km.