Jalandhar: The Jalandhar Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishor Yadav on Saturday paid a surprise visit to the highly polluted Kala Sanghian drain in the city and caught two sources of toxic water flow into the drain.
DC Yadav accompanied by environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal found the two toxic water sources from Basti Peerdaad treatment plant, which were directly flowing industrial waste including chemicals, polluted water and dirt.
After visiting the drain, DC directed the officials to present a report on the erring industrial units. Notably, a large number of leather tanning factories and those situated at Focal Point were throwing untreated water in the drain.The 45 kilometer drain begins from Bulanpur and flows into Chitti Bein before merging into river Sutlej. On Saturday morning, Baba Seechewal held a meeting of officials at Basti Peerdaad treatment plant. He informed Municipal Corporation Commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira that a similar campaign would also be started at Pholriwal treatment plant in the coming days. On an average around 10-15 MLD toxic water was being directly flown into the Pholriwal plant.
It is pertinent to mention here that Baba Seechewal initiated the campaign to stop toxic water flow into the Kala Sanghian drain in December last year. The environmentalist led a public campaign along with his volunteers to check and stop the direct flow of polluted water into the Kala Sanghian drain. Meanwhile, Punjab Sewerage Board officials said that the work to shut down such zones from where polluted water was being flown into the drain would be completed till February 28. The DC also directed the officials to cancel the licences of those arthiyas, who were throwing vegetable waste directly into the drain.
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