Kolkata Tops the List of Cities Polluting the Ganga

Quoting data acquired in 2011, Water Minister Uma Bharti said Kolkata discharged maximum sewage into the Ganga. 

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A devotee takes a dip in the much polluted river Ganga which is believed to wash away all sins. (Photo: Reuters)

Kolkata, Howrah, Kanpur and Allahabad are amongst the 118 towns that discharge maximum sewage into the River Ganga, Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.

The Government has identified 118 towns along the river Ganga which discharge sewage into the river.
– Uma Bharti, Water Resources Minister

Bharti quoted figures from a 2011 estimate of sewage generated into the river.

Kolkata, West Bengal - 534.21 Million Litres per Day (MLD)

Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh - 426 MLD

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - 295 MLD

Patna, Bihar - 252 MLD

Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh - 232 MLD

Muradabad, Uttar Pradesh - 117.20 MLD

Howrah, West Bengal - 116.32 MLD

The Central Pollution Control Board is monitoring the water quality at 56 locations along the main stream of Ganga. In addition to the monitoring by CPCB, National Mission for Clean Ganga is getting water quality monitored through identified academic institutions.
– Uma Bharti, Water Resources Minister

The National Mission for Clean Ganga has received expression of interest from a number of foreign governments to support Ganga rejuvenation through knowledge and technology sharing and providing financial and technical assistance.

The countries include the UK, Germany, Australia, Canada, Singapore, the Netherlands and a host of others.

These countries intend to support Ganga rejuvenation through knowledge and technology sharing, providing financial and technical assistance for cleaning up of Ganga, capacity building, research and development, sharing experiences, expertise and best practices, the Minister said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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