Chemicals such as arsenic, cadmium,
mercury, sulfuric acid, chemical dyes, and heavy metals frequently find their way into the water of the river, and posemajor threat. Additionally chromium is 100 times higher than the government limit at Kanpur. Even hydrochloric acid and acetone are dumped into the river by pharmaceutical companies. The industrial waste is making the Ganga dangerous for use as a source or drinking or bathing, with dangerous chemicals and heavy metals filling her water at levels far exceeding any sort ofsafe or acceptable levels.The government has taken action against this.Real Time Effluent Monitoring Stations (EMS) has been installed in 572 out of 760 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs). Closure notice have been issued to 135
GPIs so far and others have been given deadlines for compliance to stipulated norms and for installations of online EMS.
RIVER SURFACECLEANINGThe idea of river surface cleaning is to have floating debris collected and cleaned off the Ganga river surface to ensure people can see and feel a visible difference in the cleanliness levels of the river waters. A complete work package including river surface cleaning, ghat cleaning and drain-river confluence for ten priority locations is being prepared by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG). River surface cleaning boats, trash skimmer machinesand trash booms will be pushed into service at all these ten cities to arrest floating material and tackle river surfacepollution.
This ISRO-backed India specific GIS tool will ensure real-time and public monitoring of river surface pollution on ground situations. The government will invite global tenders this week for river surface cleaning at ten chosen cities — Haridwar, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Mathura & Vrindavan, Garhmukteshwar,Patna, Kolkata, Sahibgunj and NabadwipAerators will be plied into action at river ghats to keep the gathering moss away — steps identified as those that will alsoconvince the masses that the Ganga cleaning project is taking off in a real and visible manner, officials in the ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation told ET.The ministry has also written to the Central Pollution Control Board to install real-time monitors at 118 locations on Ganga where a nallah meets the river (drain-river confluence to ensure that
the cleaning is actually taking place andwater quality is maintained. 10 of these have already been started on pilot basis.AFFORESTATIONAdopting ‘basin management approach’to conserve and clean rivers across the country, the Centre devised a plan to
restore the lost ecology of the polluted stretches of the rivers by taking care of their catchment areas through multiple measures including rejuvenation of lakes and wetlands, construction of small-check dam to ensure continuous water flow and afforestation.
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