Question raised in Lok Sabha on Pollution in Major Rivers, 16/03/2018
Question raised in Lok Sabha on Pollution in Major Rivers, 16/03/2018. Rivers in the country are mainly polluted due to discharge of untreated and partially treated sewage from cities/towns and industrial effluents. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has informed that there are a total number of 2892 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) discharging effluent into water bodies, including rivers, across the country. These industries are required to meet the prescribed effluent quality norms before discharging their treated effluent into rivers & other water bodies. CPCB has also identified 302 polluted river stretches in the country based on Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels, a key indicator of organic pollution. The stretch of river Hasdeo from Korba to Urga in Chhattisgarh is included in the list of polluted stretches identified by CPCB. State-wise details of polluted river stretches are at Annexure.