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Pollution in Ganga touches alarming level

The level of pollution in Ganga has reached an alarming level. The latest data of UP Pollution Control Board indicate that the water is not even safe for 'aachman'.

In fact, PCB's September report states that PH value at the downstream was 10.32 against the standard value of 8.5. Similarly, the level of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) too was double the normal value. The pollution level has increased further in October (see the table).

These tabulations were done on the basis of three water samples taken in the upstream, downstream and at the centre at Koyla Ghat as Ganga passes through the city. None of the specifications like PH, Dissolved Oxygen and BOD were found to be within the set parameters at these three points.

The situation is alarming as about 50 MLD of sewage is released in the river daily adding further to its pollution. The drop in water discharge from Narora Dam has only aggravated the situation.

National convener of Ganga Bachao Aandolan Ramji Tripathi claimed that against the Allahabad High Court's July 2006 order of daily release of 3,500 cusec of water, the Narora Dam was releasing only 500 cusecs of water. This was not enough to bring about any change in the quality of Ganga water.

He added that the tributaries of Ganga too were bringing industrial waste from Farrukhabad and Kannauj industrial belts.

Table to show the pollution level in Ganga in upstream, downstream and at centre. This is the PCB report of the month of October., 04.06 AM IST