LUDHIANA: To compile a detailed report on the reasons behind higher pollution levels in , water samples were collected from various points in the town in the presence of environmentalist .

Seechewal is a member of the monitoring committee framed by CPCB following the orders from the National Green Tribunal to check sources polluting Sutlej river.

A high-level meeting of all members will take place here in city next month in which reports of these water samples will be disclosed and discussed.

One Sobha Singh, a resident of Rajasthan, had filed a petition in NGT in 2014 that water which is reaching to 8 districts in the state from Harike Pattan is highly polluted and people are suffering diseases like cancer.

In this ongoing case, the NGT had framed a committee in which apart from officials of Punjab Pollution Control Board, Rajasthan Pollution Control Board, Central Pollution Control Board and other departments had been made the nodal agency. To keep a watch on these departments, Seechewal has been given the responsibility to find out detailed sources of pollution in Sutlej and submit this report in NGT in next hearing in the month of November.

One meeting of this committee has already taken place in Delhi on August 10 and after that it was decided to take samples on Sunday.

Seechewal, along with officials from PPCB visited Wallipur (confluence of Buddha Nullah and Sutlej) and sewerage treatment plants of Bhattian, Balloke and Jamalpur. The teams collected six types of samples from these points and their report will come withing a week. Preliminary testing revealed that TDS level of a drain near Wallipur was 705 whereas it should be less than 500.

Seechewal revealed that the municipal corporation and industries are equally responsible for the condition of this drain and there is a need to implement 1974 Act according to which not even a single drop of pollutant should be thrown inside the water body but here every type of waste is being thrown in Buddha Nullah.

He said they checked the STPs and sewerage treatment plant at Balloke was not functional properly. There are two STPs at Balloke out of which 152 MLD plant was found non-functional while 105 MLD plant was functional but it was treating only 35 MLD water.

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