crisis looms: KSPCB needs STPs to be constructed near rivers
Mysuru: Untreated sewage water and effluents are being discharged right to rivers from the country, shows a letter from the Karnataka Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) into the rural drinking water supply and sanitation section. According to the letter, 17 rivers believed that the lifeline for crores of individuals, are seriously contaminated.
As stated by the government, in its own letter to the rural drinking water supply and sanitation section, KSPCB has recorded 17 rivers — Cauvery (Mysuru), Kabini (Kapila) at Mysuru, Lakshmana Tirtha (Mysuru), Tunga (Shivamogga/ Chikkamagaluru), Bhadra (Shivamogga/ Chikkamagaluru), Yagachi (Hassan), Shimsha (Hassan), Arkavati (Bengaluru), Kali (Uttara Kannada), Netravati and Kumaradhara (Dakshina Kannada), Malaprabha (Belagavi), Tunga Bhadra (Shivamogga, Davanagere, Ballari), Krishna, Bhima, and Kagina river from Kalaburgi district.
The pollution control board has proposed that the rural drinking water supply and sanitation section to install Sewage Treatment Plants ( STPs) in locations where these effluents happen to be immediately discharged to rivers. Depending on the communiqué, the section has requested the district panchayats concerned to take immediate actions.
Speaking to TOI, rural drinking water supply and sanitation section commissioner R Vishal stated the chief executive officers (CEOs) of districts in which this problem was reported by KSPCB are advised to think of Liquid Waste Management (LWM) intends to take care of the effluents. “We’re working on this matter,” he told TOI.
As stated by this KSPCB report, 50km stretch of Cauvery river is contaminated in Chamarajanagar and Mysuru districts whereas 9km stretch of Kabini (Kapila) river is contaminated on account of the sewage water from Mysuru district. The research pointed out that many rural and town administrative bodies are releasing the untreated effluents straight to the rivers resulting from water contamination.
The KSPCB has shared drain places, drain span and other details with the section which necessitates immediate attention to make sure untreated water isn’t discharged into the oceans.
The board has also requested the department to submit a time bound action plan to solve the crisis.