The Ganga river
CHENNAI: Does lockdown make any difference to the quality of water within our rivers? ) No, if you go with a research conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment.
“Evidence suggests that the lockdown didn’t create any substantive difference to the water quality of rivers concerning their biological loading, as domestic wastewater nevertheless found its way to the rivers. It’s apparent that without renewable city-wide sanitation for many, it’s not possible to clean our oceans,” said Sunita Narain, director general, CSE. She was talking at a high-level digital meeting held on the best way best to attain city-wide sanitation for creating rivers pollution-free.
Titled”Mainstreaming faecal sludge and septage management in Ganga basin”, the assembly was co-hosted from the CSE and the National Mission for sterile Ganga (NMCG). Upendra Prasad Singh, secretary, department of water resources, river growth and Ganga rejuvenation, ministry of jal shakti, chaired it.
Singh emphasized the significance of”successful on-ground work towards septage direction by several nations in tandem with the federal guidelines”. “It is vital to explore alternate solutions to tackle the challenges in sewerage direction,” he explained.
“No remedy is known as the comprehensive solution — to attain city-wide sanitation, we have to match the present potential of sewage treatment with faecal sludge treatment practices, which won’t just aid in containing indiscriminate release of faecal sludge from the area but also promote contamination abatement of our bodies. It’s time we scaled up the pilot projects across the nation,” said Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, director general, National Mission for sterile Ganga (NMCG).
Talking about the projects undertaken by the Odisha authorities, G Mathi Vathanan, chief secretary, H&UD division, Odisha, pointed out that in comparison to some centralised sewerage system, implementing faecal sludge and septage management (FSSM) wasn’t only economic but also significantly less time-consuming.
Odisha deserves particular mention in this circumstance. In accordance with Vathanan, the pollution load in rivers has decreased since the nation’s 10 faecal sludge treatment plants became usable. The majority of these crops are being conducted and maintained by girls’s self groups and transgender self indulgent groups. In among the cities, most members of SHGs are handling the entire sanitation series from working the public bathrooms and hauling faecal sludge to preserving the FSTPs.
Narain and Suresh Rohilla, who set CSE’s observations and experiences on the topic, explained the way the SFD (Shit Flow Diagram) instrument — that assists in mapping the circulation of excreta through a town — functions.
The CSE has joined hands with government agencies to market SFDs as a workable initiative, and also the first two stages of this advertising exercise have caused promising outcomes.