New Delhi, Dec 6 (UNI) Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which monitors water quality of Yamuna river and drains discharging into the river, has issued directions to Delhi Jal Board to submit a time-bound action plan to ensure compliance to norms by Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) so that no untreated sewage is discharged in to these drains.
CPCB, taking cognisance of foaming and a few of the drains being tapped, issued directions to Delhi Jal Board to submit time bound action plan to ensure compliance to norms by STPs and that no untreated sewage is discharged to these drains.
The move followed monitoring of 22 drains recently, during which 14 drains including Sonia Vihar, Najafgarh, Shastri Park and Shahdara were found untapped and discharging sewage.
While five drains are 100 per cent tapped and no flow at downward of interception was observed, two drains were found tapped but having overflow into the Yamuna. One drain — drain no 14 — had no flow at all. Due to partially/untreated discharge of sewage and industrial effluent containing phosphorus, many times, foaming was also observed.
Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has been directed to take action against non-complying Common Effluent Treatment Plans (CETPs) and industrial units. Similar directions have also been issued to State Pollution Control Boards of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
In view of the importance of the issues, reminders have been issued today to concerned agencies to submit action taken report by December 15, 2020.
In the past, CPCB has observed froth formation and increase in ammonia levels in the Yamuna river because of discharge of untreated
sewage, non-operation of existing STPs, improper functioning of Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) installed by the industries and
Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) located on the banks of the river.
The Board provides technical services to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, promotes cleanliness of streams and wells in different areas of the states by prevention, control and abatement of water pollution.