CPCB says there is need to regulate withdrawal of water from Ganga
More water should be released from Bijnor and Narora barrages, says apex pollution watchdog
New Delhi: Recognising that nearly 80% of the average flow of the Ganga at Haridwar (in Uttarakhand) is withdrawn, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India’s apex pollution watchdog, has said that there is “need to release more water from Bijnor and Narora barrages” and regulate withdrawal of water from the Ganga.
CPCB’s action plan, called ‘Conservation of water quality of river Ganga’, comes even as the National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) flagship programme, Namami Gange, aimed at cleaning river, remains a non-starter.
Prime Minster Narendra Modi had announced a clean-up of the Ganga, considered holy by millions across India, as his dream project.
“Based on data collected, it can be inferred that a significant quantity of water is abstracted through three barrages. The average quantity of water abstracted from Bheem Gaura Barrage (Haridwar) is 8,553 cusec, Chaudhary Charan Singh Madhya Ganga Barrage (Bijnor) is 5,000 cusec, Charan Singh Ganga Barrage at Narora is 10,665 cusec and Luv Kush Kanpur Ganga Barrage is 80.2 cusec. Considering this, it can be concluded that total quantity of water withdrawal from Haridwar to Narora is 24,298 cusec, which is about 80% of average flow (30,527 cusec) of river Ganga at Haridwar,” said the watchdog.
The CPCB plan calls for an approach to “regulate withdrawal of water from river Ganga at Haridwar, Bijnore, Narora and Kanpur” and said there is a “need to release more water from Bijnor and Narora barrages”.
The Ganga suffers from various problems, the most significant being the lean flow during the dry season and dumping of untreated and/or partially treated sewage into the river.
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