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Polluting industries along Ganga will be monitored 24x7: Prakash Javadekar

Times of India, Delhi, 21th August 2014


Making it clear that pollution of the Ganga will not be allowed, environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said industries along the river bank would be monitored round-the-clock. The Central Pollution Control Board will be handling the real-time monitoring of the industries, he told reporters here. "We are setting up real-time 24x7 monitoring of polluting industries along the bank of river Ganga and the Central Pollution Control Board will be handling this. We will put up sensor. Pollution of the Ganga will not be allowed," he said.


Both the environment and the water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation ministries have decided to work in close tandem for Ganga rejuvenation after a meeting today. Both the ministries will ensure minimum e-flow into the river and will check industrial pollution of river Ganga to ensure the protection of its bio-diversity and habitat including natural species in the upper reaches of the river. Online monitoring of treatment of industrial waste by the industry will begin within six months. It was also decided that both the ministries will strictly follow the ban on various activities on the 130-km stretch on river Ganga from Gomukh to Uttarkashi. Meetings with the representatives of various industries will also be held on the banks of river Ganga to prevent the flow of industrial waste into the river.